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Ambush of Amaechi: Peterside condemns action, describes as frightening growing impunity of the executive


Hon. Dakuku Peterside, chairman, House of Representatives Committee on. Petroleum (Downstream), has condemned the ambushing of Rivers State Governor Rotimi Amaechi on Thursday by soldiers who prevented him from attending the rally of campaign rally of Dr Kayode Fayemi.
In a statement made available to SundiataPOST, Peterside said: “The fears of many Nigerians, particularly lovers of democracy that the PDP controlled Federal Government is determined to rig the June 21 Ekiti Governorship Elections has started manifesting. Today 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 solidarity visit ahead of Saturday‘ s elections.
“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 soldier 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. 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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