The Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) has expressed its disapproval on the withdrawal of security details of the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal on the basis that the Speaker had decamped to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The congress in a press statement signed by its General Secretary, Dr. Peter Ozo-Eson said, “The act is shameful, distasteful, unconstitutional, and demonstrates parochial sense of power and very little knowledge of history.”
The statement continued: “No part of the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria says the Speaker of the House of Representatives should come from the majority party. Section 50(1) (b) only says, “There shall be a Speaker and a Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, who shall be elected by the members of that House from among themselves… other precedents across the world, in the second republic, the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Chief Edwin Ume-Ezeoke was elected from the ranks of NPP, not just an opposition party but the third strong, after UPN and NPN.
“We find it appropriate to cite the examples of Mimiko and Ali Modu-Sheriff, governor of Ondo State and former governor of Borno State respectively. Their security details were not withdrawn when they decamped to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
“It gives us concern that our political leaders are determined to learn very little about democracy and always seem too keen to overheat the polity over things that count for little.
“The Police and other security agencies complicit in this disgusting conduct should hold their heads in shame. Herein lays the essence of strong institutions which we have always advocated.”
The congress is however demanding the immediate restoration of Tambuwal’s security detail and all the rights and privileges that accrue to the Office of the Speaker saying it is not about the Speaker but the office which he holds.
“We would like it to be on record that we will not fold our hands while little minds threaten our hard-earned democracy. Nothing should happen to Tambuwal”, the statement said.