Your Invitation To Me For Protesting Against The Outcome Of The Re-run Of Osun Election Is Laughable And Crude, Senate President Bukola Saraki Tells Nigeria Police
Bokula Saraki, Senate President, has described the Police invitation extended to him for protesting against the outcome of the re-run of Osun State governorship election as laughable.
Mr Saraki also said the invitation was crude.
The top lawmaker had on Friday led members of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), to peacefully protest against the Osun re-run election wherein the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) declared Gboyega Oyetola, candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) as the winner of the election.
The re-run was marred by irregularities, with local and international observers condemning it as having failed to meet the minimum acceptable standards in election conduct.
The INEC pronouncement did not augur well with the PDP who went out to protest 24 hours to the date of its presidential primary election.
Notable among the protesters are: Aminu Tambuwal, Sokoto State Governor; Sule Lamido, former governor of Jigawa State; Uche Secondus, the national chairman of the opposition party; Senator Ben Murray-Bruce; Senator Rabiu Kwankwaso and Senator Dino Melaye.
Summoning the protesters to turn in themselves on Monday 8th of October 2018, the Police in a statement by its spokesman, Jimoh Moshood, alleged that the protesters attempted to break into the Force Headquarters in an unruly conduct to disturb the peace of Abuja residents.
Reacting, an aide of the top lawmaker, Olu Onemola, described the invitation as amusing.
“The statement issued by @PoliceNG on the PEACEFUL protest of @OfficialPDPNig leaders and Presidential aspirants is laughable and crude,” Mr Onemola tweeted late Friday.
“It also shows the Police’s intolerance for opposition and dissenting voices,” he added.
Already, Senator Bruce has reacted to the police invitation, querying how far the force has gone in its probe of the stolen mace saga at the Senate.
Also, the re-election presidential council of President Muhammadu Buhari, stated why the protesters were demonstrating.