Sequel to what happened in Ekiti State yesterday, the members of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday matched to the National assembly to protest the intimidation and alleged brutality of the Nigerian Police on the party apologists in the state.
The National Chairman of the party, Uche Secondus led the group to submit a petition to the lawmakers against the police but were allegedly stopped by the security officers stationed at the gate.
The State governor, Ayodele Fayose had tweeted how the entrance of the Ekiti State Government house was cordoned off by the armed police officers numbering over 50.
The PDP rally, closed to the Ekiti Government House was barricaded by over dozens of police officers.
The police teargassed the crowd to disperse the PDP supporters including the state governor who allegedly collapsed.
While presenting the petition on Thursday, Secondus made reference to the Wednesday incident, describing it as a civilian coup.
He claimed the citizens are afraid as the state has been occupied by the military.
“They are traumatised. They are harassed and they are being guided not to come out of their homes,
“If this is the type of democracy and election they tend to conduct by the APC and INEC, that means the 2019 election is under threat and we believe that if they continue in this manner and if they rig the election in Ekiti, there won’t be an election in 2019.
The Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu received the petition and praised the peaceful way the protesters conducted themselves.
“We have heard you and we will make contacts with all institutions of democracy as it concerns Ekiti state. We will make contacts with INEC, police and security agencies to ensure that they are neutral,” he said.
Ekiti is to hold its governorship election on Saturday, July 14, 2018.
Responding on Wednesday to the accusation of intimidation and harassment, the Nigerian Police said the teargas was used to disperse the rally to prevent violence between PDP supporters and those of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who planned its rally on the same day.