The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has warned that it will no longer tolerate what it calls the continued ‘unlawful’ use of state apparatus of power by the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government to harass its elected officials at any level across the country.
The party, which was reacting to the invasion and occupation of the Akwa Ibom State Government House, Uyo, last Friday by a special squad of the Department of State Services, DSS, said the action was in violation of the constitutional immunity of the government house.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Sunday, cautioned that the invasion and other flagrant abuse of power by the APC-led Federal Government are clear recipes for constitutional crisis, civil unrest and avoidable anarchy in the land, and called on Nigerians and the international community to take copious note of this.
The opposition party said its investigations have shown that the DSS acted on the express orders from the Presidency, adding that the APC appeared to be desperate in its bid to ‘destabilize’ and forcefully take over Akwa-Ibom and other PDP states.
“We have information that the DSS, acting on the instructions of the Presidency, occupied Akwa-Ibom State Government House, ransacking guest houses for no just cause.
“If such terror can be unleashed on a state government, one can only imagine the fate of regular citizens in the hands of this administration that has continued to show unparalleled disdain for constitutional order, with heinous penchant for oppression.
“We have also been made aware of plans by the APC government to stage similar invasions and unlawful assaults on other PDP states, including Rivers, Delta, Abia and Taraba, where electoral officers are already being hounded and harassed by the DSS, who are also directly interfering in the activities of the election tribunals, in furtherance of APC’s desperation to take over these states.
“The PDP recalls similar action by the APC controlled police, which in July, sealed local councils in Rivers State and barred caretaker committees lawfully appointed by the state government from taking charge of the councils.
“We wish to restate that the PDP lost a general election and not a war. PDP states are not occupied territories but part of the Nigerian nation; its members are not prisoners of war, but free citizens in a democratic state.
“We invite Nigerians and the international community to note that never in the history of our democracy have we witnessed such a divisive government, whose actions and constitutional violations have so polarized the polity along its fault lines, while undermining national unity and cohesion, a development that spells doom for our democracy, if left unchecked.
“Finally, we wish to state categorically that as citizens of this country, we can no longer continue to stomach such brazen attacks on our members and elected officials. The PDP will therefore hold several leadership and stakeholders meetings to come up with its response to this barefaced assault on our democracy. Enough is enough”, the party said.
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