Yerima’s arrest: ACN, ANPP threaten massive protest if APC is denied registration

Both parties have condemned the arrest of the former governor.

Two opposition parties, the Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN and the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP have warned of massive protests if the newly formed opposition alliance, All Progressives Change, APC, is denied registration by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

The ACN warned of demonstrations that will make Egypt’s 2011 revolution at the Tahir square, a child’s play.

The parties spoke in defence of former governor of Zamfara state, Ahmed Yerima, who was questioned by the police after warning of protests during a radio programme.

The police released Mr. Yerima, now a senator, after a brief interrogation.

The ACN, said Mr. Yerima’s arrest may signal an impending clamp down on the opposition by an “increasingly jittery” federal government.

In a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, ACN said Mr. Yerima’s arrest by the police, for threatening protest on radio if INEC refuses to register APC, after it would have met all legal requirements, was nothing short of ‘budding fascism’.

“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,” the party said.

PDP behind arrest

The ACN accused the ruling PDP of being behind the arrest because it is afraid of the rising profile of the yet-to-be registered APC.

“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 People’s 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.

ANPP too

The ANPP also said the arrest was a sign of things to come ahead of elections in 2015.

“To start with, ours is a democracy wherein free speech is paramount; and Senator Yerima was exercising his rights without breaching public peace by any means,” the party said in a statement by its spokesperson, Emeka Eneukwu.

“Moreover, peaceful demonstration is also legal. If Senator Yerima expresses doubts about the sincerity of the ruling party in supporting democratic best practices, and calls for a future peaceful demonstration, it is only a government which has malicious agenda that would take offence at such opinion.”

“No intimidation can rattle us. And as a party, we shall not waver in playing the part history has reserved for us in the ranks of other like-minded progressives. We believe that Nigeria has all it takes to stand tall in the comity of nations,” the statement said.


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  • BlackieUmukoro

    It is high time these misguided unprogreesive elements are reined in before they cause more havoc as their boko haram is faltering away. Opposition my spit

  • olumide

    Blood sucking A̶̲̥̅̊₪d̶̲̥̅̊ frudulent party Α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ it again T̶̲̥̅Ơ̴͡ keep T̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊e̶̲̥̅̊ Nigeria people I̶̲̥̅̊n̶̲̥̅̊ fear again. Let them meet T̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊e̶̲̥̅̊ criteria ƒσя registration first b4 threatening T̶̲̥̅̊h̶̲̥̅̊e̶̲̥̅̊ peace loving country. We all know that they Α̲̅я̩̥̊ε̲̣̣̣̥ bunch δf failures that will continue T̶̲̥̅Ơ̴͡ fail with their evil plans.

  • bitrus

    wait a minute. it has not gotten to that
    INEC please register the party as many times as it wants.
    APC is made up of strange bedfellows, whose strongest ambition is to wrest power from PDP. we dont play politics like that. only a well coordinated and ideologically disciplined and patriotic party can defeat the PDP. as it is now the APC will become extinct very soon, due largely to ambition and power struggle. it does not have to take to the streets

  • abdullah musa

    PDP versus APC:
    In governance PDP has not shown respect for the rule of law.
    To succeed the opposition must be so many steps ahead.
    They ought to notify INEC of their impending new name.
    But they have been calling INEC names. If they have evidence of impropriety against its leadership they should show it.
    If they want to reject INEC leaders the time to do so is now, not to wait till the elections are around the corner.

  • Bem Katungu

    Lai Mohammed is just making silly noise. No one is scared or afraid of the APC. what for? What machinery does the 5 political parties put together has that the PDP does not have.
    So far as i know, the PDP is more democratic than anyy other political party in the country.

  • segun

    The simple question that must be answered is : Why did the Nigerian Police invite a Nigerian citizen(Senator Yerimah) -for whatever reason- for saying that he and other Nigerian citizens will embark on a PEACEFUL PROTEST if INEC violates Nigerian constitution by failing to register APC if APC meets INEC and constitutional requirements for registration? You do not need to like Senator Yerimah’s face and the faces of other Nigerian citizens who will exercise their democratic rights PEACEFULLY before you defend them. That is what civilised societies are made of. And I presume that Nigeria is one. So before you “attack” Senator Yerimah please state the rational basis of your “attack”-not ethnic or religious please for I such jingoist basis is beneath contempt. I fully support his comments purely on rational and democratic grounds. Honestly, I do not need to like his face before I support him on this issue. It is about fundamental rights and it is about democracy. No one needs to be a rocket scientist to know this. If you are against what Senator Yerimah said it means you are in favor of the violation of our constitution. I am opposed to that kind of violation and any other violation of our constitution. So I will speak up in favor of our democracy. Please let us be civil in our necessary disagreements.

  • Bem Katungu

    The police commissioner was right in picking this guy that introduced sharia into his state, which has now expanded to the north east and it is causing so much trouble.
    It has also pointed to the fact that, the APC has perfected machinery to unleash terror on the country in the next election. If the plan is to make Nigerians to loss valuable values and properties, God will not allow them. Nigerians are far wiser now than in those wild old days!!!!!