NIGERIA: Peterside Knocks FG over Amaechi’s Arrest

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 The Chairman House of Representatives Committee on Petroleum (Downstream), Hon. Dakuku Peterside has condemned the arrest and detention of the Governor Rotimi Amaechi of Rivers State, by soldiers in Ondo State on Thursday as barbaric and uncivilised in a democratic dispensation.

Peterside who described as frightening, the growing intolerance and impunity of the Peoples Democratic Party led government at the centre said the fears of many Nigerians, particularly lovers of democracy that the PDP controlled Federal Government was determined to rig the June 21 Ekiti Governorship Elections has started manifesting.

"It is incomprehensive that Governor Chibuike Rotimi Amaechi , a leading member of APC and Chairman of Nigeria Governors Forum was barred by heavily armed soldiers from paying his colleague Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti State, solidarity visit ahead of today's election.

"Governor Amaechi's convoy was literarily arrested at the boundary town of Odudu between Ekiti and Ondo states by Soldiers led by a Captain citing orders from above.

"The soldiers who gave Ambassador Obanikoro , Minister of Police Affairs and other PDP leaders access into Ekiti State said he was specifically directed not to allow Governor Amaechi and Governor Kwankwaso into Ekiti.

"This arrest of Gov Amaechi marks another dimension in the impunity and desperation by the PDP controlled Federal Government to capture power at all cost, even at the cost of Nigerian lives and the entire Nigeria democratic project. This is worrisome and should be condemned by all lovers of democracy and liberty.

"I therefore join Members of House of Representatives from Rivers State to condemn in very strong terms, this lawlessness and infringement on the freedom of movement and association, he said."
I would also use this medium to affirm that we, the people of Rivers State and our political associates will hold the federal government and its agents responsible for the safety of our Governor.

 "I also wish to draw the attention of all Nigerians and the international community to this growing intolerance and impunity of the executive arm. These developments pose a major threat to our hard-earned democracy and we all have a responsibility to defend our country. Therefore we must not allow the inordinate ambition of a few people to plunge the entire country into avoidable crisis.  A stitch in time they say, saves nine.

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