Osun State Governor Rauf Aregbesola has described the arraignment of National Leader of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) and former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu before the Code of Conduct Tribunal as political harassment capable of threatening democracy in Nigeria.
Addressing journalists at the end of the sitting of the Tribunal in Abuja on Wednesday, Governor Aregbesola frowned at the action of security agents who violated the constitutional rights of supporters who tried to come into Abuja and the court to express solidarity with Tinubu.
He canvassed a more tolerant politicking by the nation’s political actors in order to engender rather than endangering politics, national unity and democratic governance.
The Osun State helmsman defended Tinubu as an innocent and law abiding man whose opponents find very difficult to handle in their search for political power warning that those who orchestrated the trial merely wanted to score political points with it.
The most pressing concern of the nation at this time had to do with serious issues like security which has affected all parts of Nigeria.
He expressed the confidence that the former Lagos State governor would emerge victorious from the present trial as he vouched for his innocence and uprightness both in and out of public office.
Aregbesola who was in court with the Oyo State Governor, Senator Abiola Ajimobi and other chieftains of the ACN decried the act of security agents that prevented many people from traveling into the nation’s capital and coming into the court premises to show solidarity for Tinubu.
He also described as unconstitutional; the prevention by security agents of many supporters of Tinubu who had come from several states to show solidarity and support for the former governor.
Aregbesola maintained that the law allowed supporters to show concern and solidarity for the ACN National Leader while expressing displeasure at the way they were prevented from doing so.
“Once the security agents were sure that the people were not carrying offensive weapons and do not raise any suspicion about their appearance, they should not have restricted their movements. They should have allowed them to come in. You don’t restrict their movement”, the Governor insisted.
According to him, what the law enforcement agents did was unacceptable saying “it is not reasonable. It is undemocratic. The period we are in now call for and guarantees freedom for all citizens. Nobody has the right to restrict the movement of others. It is a violation of the rights of Nigerians guaranteed under the 1999 Constitution”.