Labour Party (LP) standard-bearer for the 2023 presidential election, Peter Obi has condemned the arrest of Nnamdi Chude, a fervent supporter of his party.
Obi, in a series of tweets via his Twitter handle on Tuesday, insisted that Chude’s arrest is a further confirmation of Nigeria’s inability to respect rule of law.
This comes on the heels of reports making the rounds on social media alleging the Anambra Police Command on Saturday, March 18 arrested Chude for tweeting against the State Governor, Prof Chukwuma Soludo.
Chude tweeted on Saturday, alleging that Soludo’s political party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, was involved in the rigging of the House of Assembly election.
#Breaking: APGA thugs are on rampage in Trans-Nkisi, 3’3 & Awada snatching ballot box.— Chudé (@chude__) March 18, 2023
LP is winning comfortably across Anambra
I can't remember the last time I heard of ballot box snatching in Anambra. this is the height of it.@CCSoludo has taken us back to Mbadinauju’s era.
Though Soludo had denied involvement in the LP supporter’s arrest, concerned Nigerians have since been calling for his immediate release.
Lending his voice, Obi appealed to all concerned to please treat the issue most objectively on the rule of law and compassionately release Chude.
“After due enquiries, I regret to say that the arrest of Mr Nnamdi @chude__ is a further confirmation of Nigeria’s poor and declining performance in the Rule of Law, Voice and Accountability, and other governance indicators.
“While I appreciate that the freedoms must be exercised in line with the rule of law, arresting Nigerians for tweeting on their leaders and those in authority decimates the opportunity for inclusive governance and accountability, which are highly needed in a developing country like Nigeria.
“I, therefore, appeal to all concerned to please treat the issue most objectively on rule of law, and compassionately release the young man in question. God bless the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” he tweeted.
After due enquiries, I regret to say that the arrest of Mr Nnamdi @chude__ is a further confirmation of Nigeria’s poor and declining performance in the Rule of Law, Voice and Accountability, and other governance indicators.— Peter Obi (@PeterObi) March 21, 2023
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