13th April, 2011
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has cried out over the rising harassment and intimidation of its supporters in Kwara by the PDP-controlled state government, as part of several underhand tactics to weaken the support base of the ACN ahead of the remaining elections.
In a statement issued in Abuja on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the government has damped down on its supporters across the state, threatening to either arrest them on trumped-up charges or querying their leaders for imaginary infractions.
”The level of intimidation is particularly alarming in the Irepodun council area, where our party won in last Saturday’s National Assembly elections, as well as in Kwara Central.
”In Irepodun Local Government of the state, the religious leader, union leader, educationist, traditional rulers, Fulani and Hausa leaders as well as our party supporters are answering one query or the other, while some prominent ACN leaders have been marked for elimination.
”In Kwara Central, the Special Assistant to the Governor on Security has written to the Commissioner of Police urging him to arrest nine of our strong supporters for no other reason than they are strong ACN supporters. These marked supporters are Raheem Gidado, Hanafi Omoowo, Memudu Turawa, Jimoh Salami, Alh lssa Kewurepete, Obalowu Yoyin, Olaitan Oladimeji, Wahab Yusuf Tode and Bashir Gidado,” the party said.
It said the continued harassment of ACN supporters by the Kwara State Government is in line with the intimidation which the opposition party supporters suffered in the hands of the PDP-controlled government, using the military personnel deployed to the state, during last Saturday’s election.
ACN therefore called on the police hierarchy and military authorities to dissuade their personnel deployed to Kwara from allowing themselves to be used by the desperate politicians in the PDP, while warning the state government that any victory it secures through extra-legal means will not endure.
The party also called on INEC to factor the PDP-government’s underhand tactics, especially harassment and intimidation of the opposition, into its decisions on whether or not to accept the outcome of elections in the areas where such actions persist.
ACN appealed to its supporters to remain calm and to continue to maintain the peace and decent comportment for which the party is known, in the face of the unprecedented provocation by the PDP-government in the state.