The Labour Party (LP) presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has raised alarm over the alleged arrest and Intimidation of his supporters.
Obi’s alarm may not unconnected with the reported arrest of the coordinator for the rally organised by his supporters in Lagos State, on Saturday, by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
The coordinator, Joseph Onuorah, was reportedly arrested on his arrival in Lagos from France.
Obi, who took to his verified Twitter page on Tuesday, said the intimidation of the opposition negates elements of a free and fair election and called on security agencies to remind their operatives on the need to remain civil in their conduct.
“Elections are not deemed free and fair when a certain group employs the tool of intimidation to ensure that the opposition is silenced, both at the campaigns and at the polls.
“Peaceful assembly and unfettered electioneering campaigns are constitutionally guaranteed. Both and other ordered liberties cannot be breached wilfully by security
“Recent reports of OBIdients being silently arrested by some security agents is extremely disturbing and condemnable.
“We must ensure that everyone is given a level playing field in the forthcoming elections and that no eligible Nigerian, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation is disenfranchised, more so through violence and intimidation.
“I call on the Federal and State agencies to remind their operatives of the need to respect civil liberties,” he wrote.