The Oyo state chapter of the African Action Congress (AAC) has issued a strong call to the Nigerian government, urging an end to what they describe as the political persecution of Omoyele Sowore, the leader and former candidate of the AAC in the 2023 general elections.
The statement comes ahead of Sowore’s upcoming court appearance on February 14th, to continue his treasonable felony case which has been ongoing since 2019.
According to the AAC, Sowore’s case is riddled with frivolous charges and is nothing more than a political witch hunt orchestrated by the Muhammadu Buhari regime.
They point to Sowore’s arrest in August 2019, where he was detained for five months and subsequently restricted to Abuja for three years, all stemming from his call for a “RevolutionNow” protest. Despite his arrest, the protest gained momentum across Nigeria and worldwide, with the Lagos high court even declaring it constitutional in 2020.
The AAC accuses the Federal government of turning Sowore’s case into a farce, with continuous changes in prosecutors and wasteful spending of state funds.
They highlight the public sentiment questioning the need for a revolution, especially in light of the trending “RevolutionNow” hashtag shortly after the 2023 presidential election.
Additionally, the AAC criticizes the Attorney General of the federation, Lateef Fagbemi, for allegedly following in the tyrannical steps of his predecessor, Abubakar Mallami. They demand an end to what they term as a “sham trial” and the immediate release of Sowore.
The statement, signed by Kayode Babayomi, Chairperson of the AAC in Oyo state, concludes with the hashtags #FreeSowore and #EndTheShamTrial, emphasizing the urgency and importance of their message.