A full compliment of Nigeria’s security apparatus, comprising the soldiers, riot policemen, State Security Services (SSS) and other security agencies were on Thursday deployed against the leaders of the All Progressives Congress, APC during their march to the headquarters of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC in Abuja.
The party leaders comprising Bisi Akande, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari, Bola Tinubu and others had led a protest to INEC office in Abuja to protest against the November 16 Anambra state governorship election.
After a strategic meeting in the APC’s new secretariat in Wuse 2, Abuja, which lasted about three hours, the party leaders took to the streets and embarked on a procession to INEC’s office in Maitama District.
The protesters however met a stiff resistance from stern-looking security operatives comprising the Police, soldiers, SSS and Nigerian Security and Civil Defence Corps.
An Armoured Personnel Carrier, marked NPF 6359 C, measuring about 40-feet long, was used to barricade the entrance to the commission’s office, while the driver of the truck and police officers were pelted with sachets of water by the APC youths.
The APC national Chairman, Bisi Akande; National Leader of the party and former governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; former chairman of ANPP, Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu; and ex-Head of State, Maj.-Gen. Muhammadu Buhari(retd.), called for the sacking of INEC Chairman, Prof. Attahiru Jega, with immediate effect for his handling of the Anambra State governorship poll and the recent Delta State Senatorial by-election.