PDP throws full weight behind NASS resolutions on insecurity, others


The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has supported the resolutions of the National Assembly on insecurity and other challenges facing the country.

In a statement issued Tuesday by the party’s National Publicity Secretary, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, they also accused President Muhammadu Buhari of misruling the people.

Hours before the statement, the National Assembly had convened an emergency joint session where it reaffirmed its vote of no confidence on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris.

In the resolutions read by Senate President Bukola Saraki, the lawmakers warned President Buhari against the “systematic harassment and humiliation by the Executive of perceived political opponents”.

Reacting to the development, the opposition PDP maintained that the resolutions of the lawmakers vindicated of its stance on the All Progressives Congress (APC) led Federal Government.

It also commended the members of the National Assembly for their patriotism and courage in unanimously standing up for democracy, rule of law, national stability and cohesion at the nation’s trying time.

The statement read: “Nigerians would recall that the PDP had consistently pointed to the misrule of the Buhari presidency, as well as the unrelenting violations of our constitution, unprecedented executive highhandedness, abuse of the rights of citizens and the erosion of all known democratic norms under this administration.

“These are in addition to the foisting of siege mentality on Nigerians as well as presidential aloofness to important issues of state.”

The PDP insisted that the President must be called to order through an appropriate legislative instrument.

It also called on all democrats irrespective of party affiliations, to come together and support the National Assembly in a bid to save the nation’s democracy.

The National Assembly convened the session amid the recent friction between the Executive and the Legislature, including the failure of the IGP to appear in person before the Senate.

This had prompted the Upper House to declare the police boss as an ‘enemy of democracy’ and unfit to hold a public office in May after he refused to appear before them for the third time.

In Tuesday’s resolutions, the National Assembly accused the IGP of “outright disregard for constitutional authority, both executive and legislative”.

They noted, however, that the President must be held accountable for the actions of his appointees and must be ready to sanction those that carry out any act that can ridicule or endanger Nigeria’s democracy.


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