Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has called for a free and fair election in Ekiti State on Saturday following the alleged attack on Governor Ayodele Fayose by police operatives.
Atiku urged the Nigerian government to do everything possible to ensure tension is doused ahead of the poll.
“Having been a beneficiary of such propriety, it is incumbent on the Federal Government not to deprive others of the ladder it was provided by its predecessors,” he said in a statement.
“Free, fair and credible elections are not a privilege. They are a right! The peaceful congregating of the good people of Ekiti State, be they members of the All Progressive Congress or the Peoples Democratic Party or of any other party, must be allowed by the Federal Government.
“The immunity that a president enjoys under the constitution is the same immunity being enjoyed by a state governor.”
He added that, “it is an aberration to democratic norms and practices in a federal system of government that one layer of government should muscle out another government on account of political differences.
“The democracy and fundamental human rights that Nigerians enjoy today were earned at a very high price.
“Instructions must be immediately given to all law enforcement bodies on the ground in Ekiti State to act in the best interest of Nigeria.
“The federal government should stop anything that could jeopardise the nation’s democracy and urged those in charge of the security agencies to be aware that the whole world is watching.
“It is too late in the day for anyone to think they can put that genie back into the bottle.”