by Solomon Osadolo
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has responded to the arrest of the former Governor of Zamfara State, Senator Ahmed Sani Yerima.
Yerima, who is a member of the ANPP, which is now a part of the APC, is an ally of the ACN and so naturally the ACN through its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed rushed to his defence.
“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,” said Mohammed, in a statement released in Lagos.
Yerima was arrested in Kaduna on Saturday after granting an interview to FRCN, Kaduna. His alleged offence was making an inciting comment in which he said that there will be a mass protest if INEC refuses to register APC after it would have met all legal requirements.
Yerima described arrest on those grounds as “nothing short of budding fascism.”
Yerima has since been released.
Speaking further on why the ACN supported Yerima’s statement, Mohammed said:
”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 Peoples 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 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.
Mohammed said that the APC expects more arrests, investigations by the anti-corruption agencies in a bid to intimidate its leaders in the weeks and month ahead, but warned the FG to make sure it had enough prison space to accommodate those it plans to arrest.