Three members of the All Progressives Congress, APC, in Ijero area of Ekiti State who were pasting campaign posters, were on Thursday apprehended by the police.
The men are John Monday, Ebenezer Ogunleye and Tunbosun Adeluyi.
However, Mr. Alberto Adeyemi, the Ekiti State Police Public Relations Officer, affirmed that the men were apprehended for allegedly destroying campaign posters belonging to a certain political party.
Adeyemi noted, “Three persons were arrested for tearing campaign posters of political parties in Ijero Ekiti. They confessed to this during interrogation. Investigation is still ongoing.”
There was a serious uproar in Ijero as a result of the arrest as members of APC were seen accusing the People’s Democratic Party of being the brain behind the incident.
A member of the House of Representatives, Oyetunde Ojo, while Reacting to the incident, condemned the arrest saying the ruling party cracked down on opposition members by using security agents.
The Reps member called on Governor Ayodele Fayose to have regards for the peace deal that was signed by all political parties ahead of the general election.
Ojo said, “People don’t learn from history, we have all decided to sign peace accord and I want to advise the governor in his own interest to stop harassing our party members.
“Our party is interested in free and fair election and we are not party to any violence but we won’t tolerate the harassment of our members by agents of the ruling party.
“The more arrests of our party members they make the more sympathy the APC enjoys in the state. When people that are pasting posters peacefully are arrested, that is unacceptable.
“They sent thugs this morning to cause confusion at the place of our rally. I want to say without any fear of contradiction that let everybody, Party A, Party B, Party C and Party D respect the peace accord we have all signed.
“Some people think they are bigger than the country and there is no way you can be bigger than your country,” he affirmed.