ACN calls arrest of Ahmed Yerima budding fascism, says it may signal clampdown on opposition


The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has strongly  condemned the arrest of the former Governor of Zamfara, Senator Ahmed  Sani Yerima, by the police for allegedly making an ‘inciting’ comment on  FRCN Kaduna, saying the arrest may signal an impending clampdown on the opposition by an increasingly jittery Federal Government.
In a  statement issued in Lagos on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary,  Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said Senator Yerima’s arrest by the police,  for saying in a radio interview that there will be a mass protest if INEC refuses

to register APC after it would have met all legal requirements, is nothing short of  budding fascism.

It said Senator Yerima did not say anything extraordinary by threatening a protest, because protests are an integral part of liberal democracy and cannot be wished away or banned by anyone.
”We  will like to say, in support of Senator Yerima, that if INEC refuses to register the All Progressives Congress (APC), when all the legal  requirements have been met, the protest in Tahrir Square in Egypt will be a  child’s play compared to what we will do at the Eagle Square.
”We say  this because we are aware that the PDP, which is mortally afraid of the rise and rise of the APC, is behind the phantom
African Peoples Congress which has applied to INEC  for registration, in an effort to instigate an acronym crisis and give
INEC  a reason, if it needs any, not to register the All Progressives  Congress.
”But we will like to warn that if indeed INEC has not merged  with the PDP, as one of our leaders, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, has  brilliantly said, then we do hope that the electoral body – which by the way  is not unaware of the All Progressives Congress as the authentic APC – will  not succumb to the evil machinations of the apprehensive PDP,” ACN  said.
The party said it expects more arrests, investigations by the  pliable anti-corruption agencies and other acts aimed at intimidating its  leaders in the weeks and month ahead, but warned the FG to make sure it had enough prison space to accommodate those
it plans to arrest.
”After all, it is generally  believed that the recent redeployment of Police Commissioners in the states was done in  readiness for the
pre-2015 clampdown on the opposition. We know the arrest  of Senator Yerima is just a tip of the iceberg, as the PDP-controlled
FG  gets ready to bare its fangs. But we must warn that fascism can never prevail  over liberal democracy,” it said




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