By Ikechukwu Okaforadi
The Coalition of United Progressive Parties (CUPP) at the weekend alleged that the Speaker of House of Representatives, Hon. Femi Gbajabiamila, at the weekend instigated the police to arrest the National Publicity Secretary of CUPP, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, in gestapo style.
CUPP expressed worry that this gestapo style arrest was made over a matter that is in Court and for which the Court had directly restrained the Police from arresting or detaining its spokesman in any manner.
In a statement issued by Head of CUPP Contact and Mobilization, Barr (Chief) Kenneth Udeze, who is also the National Chairman of Action Alliance (AA), the Coalition said this calls for immediate impeachment of the Speaker, saying this will help to save the continued battering of the image of the House of Representatives.
According to the statement, CUPP alleged that the emerging tyranny of Gbajabiamila, which has clearly manifested since his controversial sponsorship of the Control of Infectious Diseases Bill, has gotten to its peak and must stop.
To this end, CUPP charged the leadership of All Progressives Congress (APC) to call the Speaker to order now or the membership of the House should immediately take action and save the House further battering of its image by impeaching Gbajabiamila.
Part of the statement said “Despite the nullification of the proceedings of the ad hoc Committee and the resolutions of the House by the FCT High Court, the Speaker continued to misdirect the House to the extent of intimidating Justice Taiwo Taiwo of the Federal High Court Abuja who has now recused himself from the case based on the verbal assault from Mr. Gbajabiamila’s goons.
While demanding that Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere be released immediately and unconditionally, CUPP said “Nigeria Police must learn to obey the direct order of the Court. That is how democracy is practiced. Rule of law and constitutional democracy demand that the Court must be obeyed by every person or authority which is before it.”
The Coalition further observed that it is a shame that in Femi Gbajabiamila’s democracy, the orders of Court should not be obeyed and nobody should question his Supreme authority, saying otherwise, how would Gbajabiamila who was represented in Court on Wednesday June 17, 2020 in the same Suit where the Court had nullified the resolution of the House and his actions, still go in defiance of the Court to author a petition to the Police?
“The Police have been served with the order of the Court and all other processes in the matter and indeed yesterday before the arrest, the Bailiff of the Court had also served another hearing notice on the Police notifying them of the next adjourned date which is 30th June, 2020.
“The DG DSS has filed his processes and appeared in Court but the Inspector General Police has refused to file anything or appear in Court. We do not want to believe that he is being teleguided”, CUPP said.
Meanwhile, the National Publicity Secretary of CUPP was reportedly arrested at the INEC Headquarters, where he was attending a meeting in preparation for his party’s primaries for the Edo and Ondo Governorship elections.