Tuesday, 7 August 2018

Saraki And Dogara React To Invasion Of NASS By DSS

The main opposition party in Nigeria, PDP has called on the UK authorities to eject Buhari who is presently holidaying in the country.

The National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Prince Uche Secondus has reacted angrily to the reported early morning siege on Tuesday preventing staff and law makers from gaining entrance to the National Assembly saying that United Kingdom should expel President Muhammadu who is hiding in that country to plan the undermining of democracy in the country.


The National Chairman said that Britain should not allow its environment be turned into a haven for anti democracy conspirators.

Prince Secondus said in a statement from his media office signed by Media Adviser, Ike Abonyi that the President left the country to UK for 10 days medical leave to enable the nefarious activities they lined out against democracy be executed in his absence.

He said that the final plan for the invasion of National Assembly was concretized when the minority leader Senator Godswill Akpabio visited the President in London at the weekend.

According to Prince Secondus the siege in National Assembly leaves no one doubt that President Muhammadu Buhari and his ruling APC are out to destroy this hard earned democracy all because they can no longer fit into it.

Secondus also salutes the courage of the Vice President in sacking the Director General of the DSS, Lawan Daura to show that Nigeria cannot be hijacked and ruled by cabals.

The National Chairman said that democrats all over the World do not need any further evidence to show that President Buhari and APC have suspended democracy and are now running a draconian administration.

"When an executive arm in a democratic setting muscles up other arms of government, the correct name for such administration is autocracy and dictatorship.

"Nigerians and international community have continuously watched this administration, harass and intimidate the legislature and Judiciary as well as others in opposition in their bid to create a dictatorial regime.

"All over the World, the parliament is the bastion of democracy and rule of law anybody not willing to alien himself to them is trying to create anarchy in the land.

Prince Secondus said that the actions of the security agencies this morning clearly shows a drowning man who is totally alienated from happenings around his environment and suddenly wants to survive when the ship is already wrecked.

The National Chairman then called on President Buhari to resign and pave way for the sustenance of democracy since it is now obvious that he has lost legitimacy to continue as an elected President.

Prince Secondus said that no amount of intimidation and harassment will deter lovers of democracy from pushing for the extinction of this wicked regime.

He noted that Nigerians passed through this route before in their struggle to restore democracy in this country and the will of the people and that of the almighty prevailed and this time cannot be an exception.

"We are awareFollowing the invasion of the National Assembly by operatives of the DSS, Saraki and Dogara have reacted.


Senate President Bukola Saraki and Speaker Yakubu Dogara

Senate President, Bukola Saraki and the Speaker, House of Representatives, Yakubu Dogara have condemned the invasion of the National Assembly by officials of the Department of Security Services, DSS on Tuesday morning, even as they postponed the emergency meeting of the two chambers.

In a statement jointly signed by the two presiding officers of both Chambers of the National Assembly, Saraki and Dogara stated that the heavy presence of armed security men who unnecessarily militarized the legislative complex and harassed legislators and the workers in the complex could not be justified in a democracy.

They said the invasion was a sad day for democracy as very early in the morning, they got reports backed by video and pictures, from members of staff of the National Assembly, their colleagues from both chambers and other individuals, about the heavy presence of the security personnel who insisted that nobody would enter the complex except certain Senators who were to be conveyed into the complex in a Coaster bus.

The statement said by 6.30 am, the reports started coming in and that by 7am, there were pictures and video online showing armed security men preventing Senators and Honourable members from coming into the Complex, as some colleagues then mobilized other members in both chambers from their respective abode so that they could pressurize the security men from allowing them to gain entry.

“Obviously, the public outcry from Nigerians and members of the international community against this illegality, this desecration of the sanctity of the legislature and this flagrant abuse of powers forced the government to relax the directives given to the security men as they later allowed the legislators to walk from the main gate into the foyer. Still the lawmakers were not allowed to drive in, in their vehicles and were denied access into the main building housing their offices.

“It is not clear what the plan of the government is but information reaching us indicated that some Senators who are pro-executive arm are being camped somewhere here in Abuja and they are being compelled to sign an impeachment notice that would later be brought to the Assembly complex. The Senate Chamber will now be forced open to enable an illegal change of leadership take place in the Senate.

“It should be noted that the Senate formally adjourned on July 24, 2018 and it stands adjourned. To reconvene, there is a process which has to be followed. Also, it should be clear that these Senators who are camped somewhere know the procedure for changing the leadership of the Senate. Both the leadership of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Presidency officials masterminding this illegality know that they do not have the numbers to lawfully carry out this action.

“Therefore, we call on members of the international community to view this development as a coup against democracy. This is a throw-back to the inglorious days of military rule where dissent is not tolerated and freedom of association and other fundamental human rights are willfully and carelessly violated,” the statement said.

Saraki and Dogara urged Nigerians and the international community to condemn this illegal invasion of the National Assembly complex and the attempt to asphyxiate the legislature as undemocratic, uncivilized and irresponsible, while thanking their colleagues in the Senate and House of Representatives who immediately mobilized to resist this coup against democracy.

They said their action would be recorded as one taken at a time when the soul of this country was being imperiled, saying they had acted to avert the breakdown of constitutionalism and collapse of the rule of law, as they stood up to dictatorship and demonstrated that this country belonged to all.

“We also thank members of the press, local and international, and all Nigerians whose support for the cause of democracy have sustained us this far.

“Following this unpleasant development, the joint leadership meeting slated for this afternoon has been postponed till further notice because under the prevailing circumstances, we cannot guarantee the safety of the 20 members from both chambers expected at the meeting,” they said. that when a regime exhausts idea of what to do and loses the legitimacy that brought it to power, it could be dangerous like a bull in China shop but truth is that Nigeria will survive this regime and laugh last.

Finally, the PDP boss calls on the global democratic community to rein in President Buhari to allow other arms of government to operate and allow democracy and rule of law to prevail.

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