Makarfi Calls For Calm Over Ekiti


BY AMOS TAUNA, KADUNA – A presidential aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and former National Caretaker Committee chairman of the party, Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, has expressed shock with the news on the treatment meted on Governor Ayo Fayose and members of the PDP in Ekiti state.
According to a statement signed by Malam Mukhtar Zubairu Sirajo, who is the spokesman to the presidential aspirant, “Senator Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi is appalled by the news coming out of Ekiti State, which reports that not only were members of the PDP denied their constitutionally guaranteed rights of assembly, but that also, in the process, the state Governor and his Deputy, who happens (sic) to be the party’s candidate in the forthcoming election were physically assaulted and injured by the police.
“Senator Makarfi is pained by this brazen infringement on the individual and collective rights of the people as enshrined in our constitution and considers it an assault not only on Governor Ayo Fayose and the PDP, but also a knife through the heart of the nation’s democracy, by an agency of state that is funded to protect those rights amongst other functions.
“As we approach 2019 elections, these signals are ominous as they portend a tendency towards desperation and the proclivity to deploy instruments of state towards the attainment of a predetermined agenda.
“Situations such as this bring into sharper focus, Senator Makarfi’s arguments and appeals, with respect to restructuring the country, that we also consider restructuring our institutions in such a way that they are insulated from political control to enable them serve the state as opposed to serving political leaders of the time, which is what obtains at the moment.”
Makarfi appealed to the police and other security agencies to operate above the fray in order to inspire the confidence in their neutrality.
He called on the Federal Government to rise to the occasion by providing a level-playing field in the Ekiti and subsequent elections to ensure the development of democracy and rule of law.

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