Activist lawyer Femi Falana (SAN) has called for the prosecution of thugs and vote-buyers who may be arrested during Saturday’s election.
Falana, in a statement yesterday, said this was necessary to ensure peaceful poll.
The lawyer recalled that the Ekiti East I state constituency by-election last year was violently disrupted by armed thugs. Three people were killed while four police officers sustained injuries, and the election was suspended.
“Till now, the by-election has not been held for fear of another disruption by the influential thugs,” Falana lamented. He added that though the suspects were arrested and sued to court, the case has not been diligently prosecuted.
He added: “In view of the fact that the Inspector-General of Police (IG), Usman Baba, has read the Riot Act to leaders of all political parties in the state, we call on the Commissioner of Police and Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) to ensure the election is not disrupted by any group or individual.
“Since INEC has repeatedly assured the people that their votes will count, the ruling class must not be allowed to turn democracy into plutocracy.”