Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) in Kwara state on Friday expressed concerns that elections might “not be free and fair” in the state accusing security agencies of partisanship.
It also stated that over 20 members of the opposition in the state “have so far been arrested by security agencies in their plot to clampdown on opposition figures in the state ahead of the general elections.”
Addressing journalists in Ilorin on Friday, CNPP chairman Alhaji Adebayo A. Lawal said the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government in connivance with security agencies of a grand plot to scuttle the electoral process in Kwara state and subvert the will of the people.
He said: “We have called this press conference to draw the attention of the media, civil society groups, international community and the general public to the clampdown on opposition figures in Kwara state by the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led federal government in connivance with security agencies, which is in furtherance of their grand plot to scuttle the electoral process in Kwara State and subvert the will of the people.
“Barely, 24 hours to the Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections, officers of the Nigerian Police Force, who were visibly acting on the orders of the presidency, forcefully arrested and detained Senator Rafiu Ibrahim, the senator representing Kwara South senatorial district, and the candidate of the PDP for the election. Up till this moment, Senator Rafiu, who is a major contender for Kwara South senatorial district election like our other candidates, is yet to be released.”