Speaker of the Cross River State House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. John Gaul Lebo has led his colleagues at the PDP Speakers’ Forum to protest yesterday’s obstruction of Senate President’s convoy and Deputy Senate President’s house arrest by men of the Nigeria Police.
Cross River Daily News reports that yesterday, the convoy of the Senate President, Senator Bukola Saraki while making his way to the National Assembly had his convoy intersected and his deputy, Senator Ike Ekweremandu had his family placed under house arrest both by the police about the time the assembly plenary was scheduled to hold.
Registering their displeasure with the activity of the police, the forum, under the leadership of Rt. Hon. John Gaul said the outing was “yet another attempt to undermine Nigeria’s hard earned Democracy in the face of flagrant abuses of the rule of law” and the “near total disregard for the Legislature” which they said is the popular symbol of Democracy.
“The barricading yesterday of the Senate President’s convoy and the subjection to house arrest of his Deputy by Nigeria Security Agents and other collaborators were shameless and malicious attempts to subdue the Legislature and compromise her independence.
“It has become apparent that our security agencies have now become willing tools in the hands of the ruling party to achieve selfish political gains via intimidation, coercion and trumped up charges against dissenters; consequently, our democracy has come under severe attacks,” a press statement from the forum said.
According to the forum, after 19 years of the current democratic order, it is obvious that the first 16 years under the PDP government offered Nigerians the political environment to develop democratic values and culture; however, the forum noted that, regrettably, the last 3 years have seen a desperate imposition of “Rule by Law” in place of “Rule of Law”.
Albeit, it went further to say that PDP has, through the coalition tried to provide the holding environment desperately needed to nurture and regain the democratic mainstay required to restore the Rule of Law and usher Nigeria into a liberal Democracy.
The statement also congratulated the Senate President, Dr Olubukola Saraki and his Deputy Prof Ike Ekweremadu “for choosing the path of honour, for their resolute spirits, unalloyed loyalty to the people and the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria and for the rare courage to defend the country’s democracy even in the face pervasive opposition”.
“To all who have defected back to the PDP and many others on the way, we say welcome to the party with a democratic conscience and a predestined blueprint for a better Nigeria.
“Finally, we wish to call on proponents and lovers of democracy across the world to rise and not sit back and watch democracy being raped in Nigeria by anti democratic forces who have found themselves in power.
“After all, in the end, evil we know will never prevail against good. Democracy must stand in Nigeria,” the statement shigned by John Gaul concluded.