Kwara By-election: PDP Contested Against Security Agents - Saraki
The Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki, has expressed displeasure with the way the Kwara State by-election was conducted.
He says his political party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) contested against security agents and not just the All Progressives Congress (APC).
In a statement on his Facebook page posted after the election, Dr. Saraki thanked the people of Ekiti/Oke Ero/Isin/Irepodun who came out to vote, saying they defied the heavy intimidation and the siege laid by the security agents and thugs he claimed were invited into the four Local Government Areas by the APC.
"The public should note that today’s #KwaraByElection was simply between PDP and security agents plus APC.
"This was due to the heavy deployment of police, soldiers and other security agents who gathered to support 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," he said.
Expressing fears that 2019 general elections which will begin in less than 90 days could have same fate, he stressed the need to address the increasing militarisation of elections.
"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," Saraki said.