The Senate Minority leader, Senator George Akume has described the recent withdrawal of the security Details of the Honourable Speaker of the House of Representatives, Rt. Hon. Aminu Waziri Tambuwal as an act of “Executive impunity and lawlessness.”
“No one is in doubt that the Police IG is merely being used by President Jonathan to achieve a partisan agenda. This is absurd, unlawful and immoral,” the press release, signed by the Senator, vehemently stated.
According to him, this act only adds to several others which have become a hallmark of this administration and are a threat to the growth of democracy, which is not measured by existence of democratic structures, but by promotion of the rule of law.
He described as “hilarious” the recourse of the police to constitutional interpretation, saying this is an exclusive jurisdiction of the judiciary.
“One wonders why the Police could only see and read. S.68(1)(g) of the 1999 constitution but was blind to subsection (2) of the same provision which vests the power to declare a member’s seat vacant on the ground of defection to only the Senate President and the Speaker of the House of Representatives”, Senator Akume added.
He wondered why the Police could not wait for the outcome of judicial interpretation on the contentious constitutional provision since there are pending litigations on the subject matter.
He reminded the Police that when Governor Mimiko of Ondo State recently defected to the PDP, with all the Labour Party members of the House of Representatives and Ondo State House of Assembly, including its Speaker, they neither withdrew the security details of Governor Mimiko, the state assembly Speaker, nor effected the removal of those members from the various legislative Houses.
Recalling that President Jonathan only just returned from the Holy Land of Israel, where he went on Holy pilgrimage in company of CAN President, Pastor Oritsejafo and other men of God primarily to seek the favour of God, the Senator said he expected a sober, penitent and spiritually rejuvenated President on return and not a desecration of the Constitution he swore to uphold.
“A temperament such as this one exhibited by Mr. President can hardly pass for a Nigerian, who more than any other, living or dead, has benefited from the parliament. By act of parliament, his boss was impeached as Governor and he became the Governor of Bayelsa State. By application of the doctrine of necessity, the Parliament made him an Acting President.
He thus became both Governor and President without contesting election,” Senator Akume stated.