LAGOS – Coalition of Civil Society Organisations (CSOs), the United Action Front of Civil Society has warned Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State to ensure that nothing happens to the President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC), Comrade Joe Ajero, who was arrested by the police in Owerri, the Imo State capital on Wednesday.
According to a press statement by the group on Wednesday signed by Olawale Okunniyi
Head, National Coordinating Secretariat, United Action Front of Civil Society of Nigeria, to avoid total shut down of Abuja and Nigeria by Nigerians, the NLC should be released.
The statement read, “Governor of Imo State today shot himself in the leg as anticipated by abducting the NLC President, Comrade Joe Ajaero, the leader of the entire workforce and masses of Nigeria and will never rest again. It will therefore be in the interest of the Supreme Court Governor of Imo State that nothing happens to Ajaero in his illegal custody to avoid total shut down of Abuja and Nigeria as the Nigerian people are being pushed by bandits in power towards mass action.
On the rift between the Governor of Rivers State, Simi Fubara and former Governor Nyesom Wike, the group said, “It’s therefore precisely due to the emerging anti-democratic posture of election riggers and mandate usurpers like former governor Wike, who is now the Minister of Federal Capital Territory (FCT) that we condemn in strongest terms the political crisis in Rivers State. The United Action Front of Civil Society wishes to state that Mr. Wike should desist from foisting any further rascality in Rivers State and stop his desperate machination to impeach the Rivers State Governor, Simi Fubara, who only assumed office in May this year.
“The ongoing crisis in Rivers State which is no doubt the continuation of the political rascality and dictatorship of Mr. Wike must not be allowed to undermine governance in Rivers State and even in the FCT. It’s rather unbecoming for the Minister of the FCT to be sponsoring the impeachment of his successor just five months of assuming office.
“The United Action Front of Civil Society therefore demands that the security agents under the control of the federal government must resist being used as tools by Wike to settle scores in Rivers State,” the group added.
While calling on the major political parties presidential candidates in the last general elections to ensure that they safe Nigeria’s democracy, the CSOs said, “We wish to call on leading opposition leaders in the country such as Alhaji Atiku Abubakar, Mr Peter Obi, Dr Rabiu Musa Kwakwanso among others to immediately rise up and unite to rally opposition forces in Nigeria to resist heightening impunity and recklessness in the governance of Nigeria, especially in defence of the future of the country’s democracy as done in other advanced democracies around the world.
“We wish to reaffirm that unless political opposition becomes formidable, engaging and active in any country, popular governance will shrink and die, especially as the FBI begins to release the files of the President today in the faraway United States of America.
It also announced its plan to convene a national political summit next month in memory of Prof Ben Nwabueze.
“It’s for this reason that the United Action Front of Civil Society shall be joining hand with the newly initiated National Intervention Group, NIG to facilitate a major National Political Summit of Eminent National Leaders, Statesmen and Women as well as Social Influencers, especially among the Youths of Nigeria proposed for Tuesday, 28th November 2023 at a venue to be announced soon in Memory of Nigeria’s departed constitutional icon, Prof Ben Nwabueze, SAN, who left the world on Sunday, 29th October,” the statement added.
On the Supreme Court Judgment, the group said, “We wish to unequivocally assert that the Supreme Court failed to live up to the expectation of making justice count as the final arbiter; as it ended up delivering judgments spiced with verbosity and embellishment of technicalities.
It’s highly disappointing that the Supreme Court in its judgment gave the impression that electoral frauds could be justified and endorsed within the spirit and letter of the Nigerian constitution and electoral law by simply relying on technicalities.
The United Action Front of Civil Society considers it rather curious that both the Presidential Election Petition Court (PEPC) and the Supreme Court endorsed the flagrant flouting of electoral guidelines by INEC and the electoral heists perpetrated across the country by state captors during the 2023 presidential elections,” the group added..…CONTINUE.FULL.READING>>>