ACN Kwara Disagree Over Alleged Crackdown On Members

ACN Kwara Disagree Over Alleged Crackdown On Members

Action Congress of Nigeria has warned of an imminent crackdown on its members in Kwara State by the ruling Peoples Democratic Party.

In a statement on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party expressed its concern over the “sabre rattling and provocative statements that have been emanating from the PDP government controlled organs in the state before, during and after the defection of their former loyalists to the ACN.”

It alleged that Kwara State had always found the ACN a ready scape goat for “its maladministration, incompetence profligacy and anti-people policies.”

The party said, “However in its usual penchant for looking for a scape goat for its shortcomings, the state government has perfected plans to arrest and detain ACN chiefs whenever the workers goes on strike as if the workers need to be instigated by anyone to demand their legitimate rights.

“To keen watchers of Kwara State politics this will not come as a surprise as the ACN was also held responsible for the violent protest that greeted the ban on commercial motorcyclists in the state recently, and a strident call was made for the arrest of ACN chiefs when the representatives of the government were booed and pelted with missiles at the the muslim praying ground in August.”

But Kwara State has denied the allegation by the ACN that it intends to clamp down on the opposition, especially those that recently defected to ACN.

The Senior Special Assistant to the Kwara State Governor on Media, Dr. Muyideen Akorede, in a statement on Monday, said the state government believed in the rule of law.

“As a democratically-elected and constitutionally recognised government that believes in the rule of law and freedom of expression, we cannot intimidate or otherwise abridge any citizen’s right to express their views, political or otherwise,” he said.

Akorede said it was untrue that the state had intimidated or planned to intimidate political opponents.

He added that only the police had the constitutional right to apprehend those found to be inciting people to violence.

Meanwhile, Action Congress of Nigeria has accused the Labour Party of planning to bomb some officials of Osun State Government ahead the October 20 Ondo State governorship election.

An electronic statement by the Chairman, Osun State ACN, Mr Adelowo Adebiyi, on Monday, said the party was not disturbed by the ploy.

Adebiyi said, “The ruling ACN in Osun has it on good authority that the leadership of the LP in Ondo State has concluded plans to target top officials of the Government of Osun with explosive devices.”


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