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Gov Emmanuel flays FG over tear-gas attack on Fayose

Chairman of PDP governorship election committee in Saturday’s Ekiti State guber election, Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has decried alleged heavy-handedness orchestrated by the FG Governor Ayo Fayose.
Addressing Journalists in Uyo yesterday against the backdrop of Wednesday’s tear-gas attack on Fayose and PDP supporters at a rally in Ekiti, Emmanuel condemned the action, describing it as a fragrant abuse of democratic process in Nigeria.
Emmanuel, who noted that such action portends grave danger to the sustenance of democracy and the rule of law, urged the people of Ekiti, not to be intimidated, but remain resolute in their quest to enthrone a people-oriented government of PDP through the ballot.
“The forum of PDP governors in Nigeria has rejected series of blatant abuses of the constitution of Nigeria by the Federal Government and we charged the people of Nigeria to raise their voices in condemnation of the trend.
“The issue is not about Ekiti State but the entire Nigeria and the sustenance of the hard-earned democratic governance in Nigeria.It is not about Fayose or Ekiti State; it is about everyone of us. If it can happen to Fayose, it means it can happen to anybody. We should not just look at Fayose today, we should not just look at Ekiti State; let us look at Nigeria.
“Elections will come and go, faces will come and go, but Nigeria will remain. So let us not do something that will bring down the country.” He said.
He, therefore, charged security agencies not to be overzealous in dealing with the civil society especially in these political times, adding that “this country belongs to everybody”.
“This cannot happen in any civilized society where a sitting governor covered with full immunity can be so abused publicly. It is a shame to the whole country, it is a shame to all of us.”Emmanuel stressed.
Emmanuel, who assured Ekiti people that no amount of intimidation would deter the ruling PDP from winning the polls, expressed optimism that everything had been put in place to ensure straight victory under free, fair and transparent process.
“The security agencies should allow the electorate in Ekiti to freely exercise their franchise”, he warned and advised the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the umpire in the exercise, not to be loyal to an individual but to the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

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