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Published On: Fri, Nov 28th, 2014

NASS blockade: Plot to undermine democracy – Sen. Adetumnbi

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By Umar Muhammad Puma

Senator Olubunmi Adetumnb representing Ekiti North, senatorial district has condemned the attacks on the National Assembly and the impeachment of the Ekiti State speaker, saying it is an aberration which may undermine the nation’s democracy.

In a statement issued yesterday and signed by his media aide, Tosin Omoniyi,  Adetumnbi said the two incidences pointed out the dangerous trend Nigeria’s democracy is towing due to the actions of people who feel threatened by what the All Progressives Congress (APC) stands for which according to him is the practice of true democracy.

He added that the impeachment and the subsequent treatment of the Speaker and other lawmakers negates all forms of decency and amounts to an infringement on their rights and negation of democratic tenets.

“The Speaker of the Assembly, Dr Omirin and other lawmakers have been at the receiving end of concerted victimization campaign that has led to the unconstitutional removal of their aides, freezing of the State Assembly’s bank accounts and withdrawal of their privileges as elected parliamentarians by the Secretary to the State Government, “he said.

He said the executive has launched assaults both physically and in the media to further discredit the APC lawmakers who have had to relocate in order to avoid the threat to their personal security and wellbeing. He said the State Judiciary suffered similar fate a few months ago in the hands of the present PDP led administration.

Olubunmi said that while the Ekiti drama was unfolding a similar scenario was playing out at the National Assembly where security operatives were deployed by the PDP led Federal Government to stop elected representatives of Nigerians from accessing their offices.

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