20th September, 2011
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has condemned in the strongest terms the harassment of its members by the police, who stopped them from travelling to Abuja Tuesday to show solidarity with their party leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu, who is due to appear before the Code of Conduct Tribunal in Abuja Wednesday.
In a statement issued inÂ Abuja on Tuesday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party expressed shock at such a blatant misuse of state power against the opposition, calling it the beginning of a dangerous slide towards crass dictatorship.
It wondered why the police, apparently acting on orders, would deprive Nigerians of their constitutionally-guaranteed rights to move freely and express their opinions within their country, more so when they are not carrying arms or causing public disorderACN said stopping the vehicles conveying the party members and confiscating the keys to the vehicles, just to ground them, is nothing but sheer government tyranny against its own people.
”This is a new low for those who are hell bent on abridging personal freedoms and muffling the voice of the opposition.
”The decision to virtually arrest all our members heading to Abuja to show solidarity with their party leader is a big blow to the rule of law and negates the tenets of constitutional democracy. It confirms the general belief that, indeed, the charges against Asiwaju were politically motivated,”