APC Spokesman Lai Mohammed Reveals Person who Ordered his Arrest
The National Publicity Secretary of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, has revealed that President Goodluck Jonathan is responsible for his arrest by security agents on the eve of polling in Osun State.
Speaking moments after his release, Lai Mohammed said his arrest had the imprimatur of President Goodluck Jonathan.
“Our party, the APC, has no doubt whatsoever that the depravity being exhibited under President Jonathan’s watch, in the name of politics, has his imprimatur. We have no doubt that elections, which should be a celebration of democracy, have now been turned to war because of the desperation of President Jonathan to win re-election at all costs,” he said.
“We were being driven to the Government House when we were stopped at a military checkpoint by men in military and DSS uniforms, all hooded and armed to the teeth with AK-47 assault rifles, pistols and other weapons. Since there was no curfew in Osun State and people were moving around freely, we felt it was a routine check.
“Suddenly, the men, some of them apparently drunk, ordered us out of the car, took our phones, pointed their assault rifles at our heads and said “you are under arrest”. They herded us into their bus like animals and drove away. There is no doubt that they knew who we are because I introduced myself.”
Alhaji Mohammed said President Jonathan was heading the country down a slippery slope with his disposition for militarizing all elections in the country.
“We, Lai Mohammed, Sunday Dare and Afolabi Salisu are just fortunate to be alive. The guns pointed at our heads by drunken armed men could have gone off. Since our arrest took place in the dark, we could have been driven to an unknown destination and shot dead. This is a dangerous time for Nigeria and her democracy.
He continued, “Again, we call on President Jonathan to stop deceiving the world. In one breath, this President says he is committed to credible elections and that his political ambition is not worth the life of any Nigerian. In another, he sanctions state-sponsored harassment, intimidation and even killing of ordinary Nigerians by security forces that are now the enforcement arm of the ruling party, all in the name of politics.
“He desecrates national institutions by willfully using them against the opposition. This is not the democracy that many of our compatriots fought and died for. This is not the Nigeria that was envisaged by our past heroes. It is time for all concerned to step in and stop President Jonathan before he brings the country crashing down on our heads,” Mohammed thundered.
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