The Action Congress of Nigeria has warned of an imminent crackdown on its members in Kwara State in the aftermath of the massive defection of prominent members of the Peoples Democratic Party and Allied Congress Party of Nigeria to its fold in recent times.
In a statement issued in Akure on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party “expressed concern over the sabre rattling and provocative statements that have been emanating from the PDP government-controlled organs in the state before, during and after the defection of their former loyalists to the ACN.”
The statement said, “It has become fashionable for the PDP-controlled government in Kwara State to find in the ACN a ready scapegoat for its maladministration, incompetence profligacy and anti-people policies which have totally alienated the longsuffering people of the state from their under-performing government.
“It is no longer a secret that Kwara State Government is owing its workers several months of unpaid salaries. However in its usual penchant for looking for a scape goat for its shortcomings, the state government has perfected plans to arrest and detain ACN chieftains whenever the workers go on strike; as if the workers need to be instigated by anyone to demand their legitimate rights.
“To keen watchers of Kwara State politics, this will not come as a surprise as the ACN was also held responsible for the violent protest that greeted the ban of commercial motorcyclists in the state recently, and a strident call was made for the arrest of ACN chieftains when the representatives of the government were booed and pelted with missiles at the Muslim praying ground last August.”