Punch – The All Progressives Congress has raised the alarm over what it described as “a Peoples Democratic Party-led and police-backed acts of impunity” in Ekiti State’, where it alleged seven of the 26-member House of Assembly on Monday convened to carry out an agenda of the government, including the impeachment of the Speaker.
In a statement in Abuja on Monday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said over 200 armed policemen were currently guarding the seven PDP members of the House, who convened “purposely to impeach the Speaker, approve the list of commissioner-designates as well as the caretaker committees for the states local governments.”
APC said, ”The issue of the Caretaker Committees, which Governor Ayodele Fayose plans to swear in on Monday after the illegal approval by the House, is sub judice; hence the House cannot even discuss it not to talk of acting on it. Also, while the Governor was advised by the Clerk of the House that seven members out of 26 do not form a quorum, he said after all, only eight of 24 members in the Plateau House of Assembly impeached then Governor Joshua Dariye in 2006.”
The party added that “ahead of what is clearly the height of impunity by a democratically-elected government,” the utility services in the official residence of the House Speaker, including electricity supply, had been cut off while his salaries and allowances have been stopped.
The party states, “Others acts of intimidation have been directed at the Speaker by the state authorities.
”We know that President Goodluck Jonathan, who is the leader of the PDP, has elevated impunity to an art, but he has simply overreached himself with his party’s latest show of shame in Ekiti.
The fact that the President’s body language supports impunity has emboldened officials elected under the banner of the PDP and appointed by his Administration to perpetrate acts of impunity with impunity.
”Over 200 policemen could not have been deployed for this illegal act in Ekiti without the knowledge of the Inspector General of Police. Yet, the same IG trampled the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria by assuming the powers of the court to unilaterally withdraw the security detail of House of Representatives Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal.
”Can the IG claim not to be aware that his men are offering protection to only seven out of the 26 members of the Ekiti House of Assembly? Does he honestly believe it is part of the responsibility of the police, which is being funded by tax payers, to become the enforcement arm of the PDP?
Does he believe that the police that is empowered to enforce the law should play a lead role in breaking it?” the party queried.
It warned Fayose not to throw Ekiti State into “a needless crisis by his trademark tomfoolery.”