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Published On: Wed, Nov 26th, 2014

National Assembly invasion a coup, says APC

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Aminu_Tambuwal_Defects_to_APCFrom Ayodele Samuel, Lagos, Ahmed Abubakar & Tobias Lengnan Dapam

  • Calls for independent inquiry
  • Enough is enough, PDP warns

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has said the Police invasion of the National Assembly last week is the equivalent of a coup, calling for an independent inquiry to determine who ordered the invasion and for what purpose.

This, according to the party, was with a view to preventing a recurrence and also to mete out necessary punishment on those behind it.

In a statement issued in Lagos yesterday by APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said using weapons to attack an arm of government preventing it from carrying out its functions are tantamount to a coup, adding that the tear gas that was fired into the National Assembly by an invading force of policemen was a chemical weapon.

‘’We are demanding the independent inquiry in view of the seriousness of the armed attack on the National Assembly and the danger it poses to our democracy. We are also alerting the international community to the happenings in Nigeria and urging them to show interest because of their investment in the country’s democracy,’’ it said.

The APC said the tepid denial by the presidency of its involvement in the senseless attack was not enough, especially because no one, not even the Inspector General of Police, will have the temerity to stop the nation’s number four citizen from entering the National Assembly without an express order from the President.

‘’We make bold to say that President Jonathan has worked assiduously to put Nigeria’s democracy in jeopardy, whether in Rivers where he backed a misguided Police Commissioner to usurp the constitutional duties of an elected Governor, or in Ekiti State where he has so far refused to condemn the so-called impeachment of the Speaker by seven PDP members in a 26-member House of Assembly‚” the statement said.

APC advised President Goodluck Jonathan to stop behaving as if he wants to be the last President of a united Nigeria and to immediately put an end to actions that are inimical to the very survival of the country’s democracy.

The party then congratulated members of the National Assembly, especially those who scaled its high gates, ‘for the sacrifices they have made to defend the nation’s democracy.’

Similarly, one of the party’s presidential aspirants, Gen. Muhammadu Buhari (rtd) has described Saturday raid on the APC, data centre in Lagos by security operatives as an abuse and violation of the constitution and political rights of the people.

Buhari, who stated this in a statement issued yesterday by Sabi’u Tunde, said, “the Jonathan presidency seems intent on demonstrating for all to see that they have mastered the art of how to push a nation into chaos within the shortest time possible.

“From these attacks, this government is signalling to the Nigerian people they have no intention of holding anything resembling free and fair elections. Their goal is not to create a level electoral playing field. Their goal is to level the opposition into the dust through the abuse of federal power,” Buhari said.

Meanwhile, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has said it will no longer condone the deliberate, unwarranted and sustained attacks on the person and office of the President, the institutions of democracy and the unity of the nation by the opposition All Progressives Congress (APC).

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Tuesday, said the PDP will no longer fold its hands while the desperate desire of the APC for power unchains undisciplined impulses and actions posing a threat to the very survival of democracy and the nation.

According to the statement: “The PDP has been watching carefully as the rank and file of the APC, the governors, party leaders, presidential hopefuls and even sidekicks  run amok, competing in a heavily subjective castigation of President Goodluck Jonathan with incendiary utterances, signposting its plans for the dastardly when it loses in next year’s general elections.”

The PDP said it’s restraint in the face of the naked lies and recklessness of the APC is based on patriotism and the price of its custodianship of the mandate of over 160 million Nigerians.

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