– Former President Jonathan has called for caution over the activities of security agencies deployed in Ekiti ahead of Saturday’s governorship election
– Jonathan enjoined security personnel to act within the ambit of the laws of the land
– The former president said the presence of armed security operatives is meant to give voters the confidence to come out on election day
Former President Goodluck Jonathan on Wednesday, July 11, urged the security agencies deployed in Ekiti ahead of Saturday’s governorship election to act within the ambit of the laws of the land.
The Nation reports that the ex-president’s appeal followed media reports of alleged manhandling of some people, including Governor Ayodele Fayose in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital, allegedly by security operatives.
According to a statement by his spokesman, Ikechukwu Eze, the former president said the presence of armed security operatives is meant to give voters the confidence to come out on election day and vote for candidates of their choice, and not to intimidate them.
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Jonathan said: “If it is true that the state Governor Ayodele Fayose, was assaulted as reported in the media, my appeal is that such should not be allowed to happen again, since the governor’s constitutional immunity guarantees that he should be given official protection to freely conduct the business of governing the state.”
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The former president further charged the Security agencies to not only strive to protect the laws of the land, but also seek to prevent any development that could negatively impact on the process of deepening the nation’s democracy.
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com had reported that there was a drama in Fajuyi Park in Ado Ekiti, the state capital on Wednesday, July 11, when the supporters of the PDP fled for their lives having heard that security operatives were firing gunshots into the air.
The dispersed PDP members at the the venue of the party’s rally ahead of the governorship election in the state.
The party supporters ran for their lives when the police reportedly fired gunshots into air.
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