Abuja - The opposition All Progressives Congress (APC) called for the prosecution of security personnel that sealed off the secretariat of breakaway faction of the ruling People’s Democratic Party (PDP).
APC said the personnel must be immediately identified and jailed for “crass lawlessness and palpable impunity.”
“The festering crisis in the PDP is not our business, but when the crisis leads to repression, disregard for court orders and constitutional provisions, we cannot keep quiet because those issues have grave implications for our democracy,” APC stated in a release issued in Abuja by its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed.
He described the sealing off of the new secretariat in Abuja this past weekend a “throwback to the nation's darkest era,” saying it also confirmed fears of the opposition that the Jonathan administration would become increasingly intolerant and repressive with the approach of the 2015 general elections.
“For a party that has just broken up due in part to lack of internal democracy, disregard for the rule of law and the elevation of impunity to an art, this is an indication that the leaders of the ruling party have not learnt their lessons, and that they will not hesitate to bring the house down on all of us just to hold on to power. This portends danger for our democracy.
“The new turn of events is worrisome, coming after the mindless impunity in Rivers State. There is a worsening climate of intolerance all over the land, no thanks to the dysfunctional nature of the PDP.
"The security details of the president's supposed enemies are being withdrawn, and the institutions of state are being unleashed once again on perceived enemies of the administration. This is why those who are behind the secretariat sealing in Abuja must be punished without delay, to serve as a deterrent. After all, no one is above the law," Mohammed said.
The breakaway of a faction led by Kawu Barage is seen as a challenge to the PDP’s prospects of maintaining a stranglehold on power.
- CAJ News