Kwara Bye-Election: Security Agencies Joined APC to Intimidate PDP Supporters – Saraki
By Ehi Ekhator
The Nigeria Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki has said that election that held in Kwara State today was between the Peoples Democratic Party and the Nigeria security agencies.
The by-election into the House of Representatives in Kwara South recorded impressive turnout as voters came out in their hundreds to vote for candidates of their choice, a report says.
Saraki was referring to the heavy deployment of police, soldiers and other security agents whom he said joined forces with the All Progressives Congress to harass the PDP leaders and supporters.
“This is the first time that elections in Kwara State will be held under such charged, tensed and militarised conditions. We had INEC officials complaining about their own safety — and PDP supporters were brazenly intimidated, which resulted in low turn out of voters.
“We thank the people of Ekiti/Oke Ero/Isin/Irepodun who came out to vote today — defying the heavy intimidation and the siege laid by the security agents and thugs invited into the 4 LGAs by the APC.”
The Senat President expressed worry that “ahead of the 2019 elections, such open displays of intimidation are sending wrong signals. Our democracy is being undermined with this misuse of our nation’s security apparatus. #KwaraByElection”