The Senate President, Bukola Saraki, has totally condemned the bye-election that held in Kwara State, today, citing heavy intimidation by Security Agents on the order of the All Progressives Congress, APC, coupled with thugs, who were employed to manipulate the entire process, in favour of the APC, allegedly.
The Senate President however, thanked the people of Ekiti/Oke Ero/Isin/Irepodun who came out to vote, despite the siege laid by the Security Agents and Thugs.
The statement reads in full:
We thank the people of Ekiti/Oke Ero/Isin/Irepodun, who came out to vote today, defying the heavy intimidation and the siege laid by the Security Agents and thugs, invited into the 4 LGAs by the APC.
The public should note that today’s #KwaraByElection was simply between the PDP and Security Agents, plus APC. This was due to the heavy deployment of Police, Soldiers, and other Security Agents, who gathered to support the APC, and harass PDP Leaders and supporters.
This is the first time that elections in Kwara State will be held under such charged, tensed, and militarised conditions. We had INEC Officials complaining about their own safety; and PDP supporters were brazenly intimidated, which resulted in low turn out of voters.
It is important to reiterate that ahead of the 2019 elections, such open displays of intimidation are sending wrong signals. Our democracy is being undermined with this misuse of our nation’s security apparatus. #KwaraByElection
Dr. Abubakar Bukola Saraki.