Peter Obi, a leading 2023 presidential contender, has condemned an alleged attack on Labour Party supporters in Lagos State.
On Sunday in Oshodi, Lagos State, a social media user named Obi Flag Boy, was said to have been attacked by hoodlums.
Also involved were some party members, who were reportedly detained before the OBIdient rally on Saturday, according to reports.
Reacting to the report, Peter Obi condemned the assault and harassment his party members in a statement made via Twitter.
He emphasized that free and unrestricted electioneering and peaceful assembly are enshrined in the constitution and encouraged security agencies to remind their personnel to uphold civil rights.
“Elections are not deemed free and fair when a certain group employs the tool of intimidation to ensure that the opposition is silenced, both at the campaigns and at the polls.
“Peaceful assembly and unfettered electioneering campaigns are constitutionally guaranteed. Both and other ordered liberties cannot be breached wilfully by security agents.
“Recent reports of OBIdients being silently arrested by some security agents is extremely disturbing and condemnable. We must ensure that everyone is given a level playing field in the forthcoming elections and that no eligible Nigerian, irrespective of ethnicity, religion, or political affiliation, is disenfranchised, more so through violence and intimidation.
“I call on the Federal and State agencies to remind their operatives on the need to respect civil liberties,” he tweeted.