The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) yesterday alleged that the recent redeployment of police commissioners in the states was in preparation for the pre-2015 clampdown on the opposition.
The party also warned that dictatorship would never prevail over liberal democracy.
While the ACN condemned the arrest of the former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Sani Yarima, by the police over alleged ‘inciting’ comment on the Federal Radio Corporation of Nigeria (FRCN) in Kaduna, the All Nigeria Peoples Party (ANPP) said Yarima’s arrest was outrageous given the flimsy excuses presented by the Police.
But ACN in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in Lagos, noted that Yarima’s arrest may signal an impending clampdown on the opposition by an increasingly jittery Federal Government.
The party, which stressed that Yarima’s arrest was nothing short of budding fascism, however, alleged that Yarima did not say anything extraordinary by threatening a protest, because protests were a vital part of liberal democracy and cannot be wished away or banned by anyone. “We will like to say, in support of Yarima, that if the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) refuses to register the All Progressives Congress (APC), when all the legal requirements have been met, the protest in Tahrir Square in Egypt will be a child’s play compared to what we will do at the Eagle Square.
The party said it expects more arrests, investigations by the pliable anti-corruption agencies and other acts aimed at intimidating its leaders in the weeks and months ahead, but warned the Federal Government to make sure it had enough prison space to accommodate those it plans to arrest.