Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have requested an emergency meeting with the Nigeria Police Council to deal with what they called the increasing unconstitutional use of the Police authorities for partisan politics.
The governors said the alleged invasion of the Edo State House of Assembly by Police on Thursday was planned to give cover to what they called ‘the unlawful and illegal attempt’ to seize the House so that some former members-elect could carry out unconstitutional acts.
The governors, in a statement signed by the Director General of its forum, Cyril Maduabum, further condemned “as illegal, unconstitutional, and an act of impunity, the purported swearing in of some members-elect and purported election of new presiding officers in a private residence in Benin without the legitimate officials of the Assembly, as required by law.
“It is the height of political brigandage and desperation. Why are the perpetrators of this illegal and unlawful activity afraid of facing the electorate in a free and fair election? Why are they afraid of the giant strides and impressive performance of Governor Godwin Obaseki?”
They warned that any attempt to effect an unconstitutional takeover of either legislative or executive power in Edo State would lead to unpleasant consequences far beyond the shores of the state and appealed to President Muhammadu Buhari to caution the security agencies to remain neutral in Edo State.
The governors called on the people of Edo State to remain vigilant, but peaceful in resisting any attempt to desecrate democracy and constitutionalism in the state, requesting security agencies to re-strategise and concentrate on the emergent threats to national security currently being experienced in many parts of the country in increased rural and urban banditry, Boko Haram insurgency and kidnapping of innocent Nigerians, who “deserve the full concentration of Mr. President and the armed forces and Police to quell.”