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APC wants Speaker's security details restored

31 October 2014, 08:09Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has called on President Goodluck Jonathan to immediately restore the police security details withdrawn from the Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal.

In a statement issued in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Lai Mohammed, the party described the announcement of the withdrawal of the Speaker’s security details by the Inspector General of Police as a usurpation of the role of the Judiciary by the Inspector General of Police.

This was especially bearing in mind that the question of the interpretation of Section 68 (1)(g) of the Constitution on which the Inspector General of Police anchored his illegal act is currently before the courts for resolution.

The party said for avoidance of doubt, the position including the manner a person becomes the Speaker of the House of Representatives is to be found in the Constitution and no constitutional provision or legislation says membership of the ruling or dominant party in the House was a pre-requisite.

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“As the number four citizen of the Federal Republic of Nigeria the security detail and apparatus attached to the person of the Speaker is not based on his lineage, person and or political leaning. It is on account of the position and the protection required for that position and in Nigeria’s best interest," APC stated.

“This unfortunate use and deployment of Nigeria’s security forces in a partisan and political way portends danger and further weakens important institutions of governance and jeopardizes national security."

The party said under Jonathan, the country now had a Police Force that was monitoring and making conclusions with respect to party membership, qualification, of an otherwise elected official.

"This is unheard of in any decent democracy. It is unfortunate, the party noted that President Jonathan who had been a successive long term and unique beneficiary of our democracy and Constitution is now demonstrating the greatest disregard for the laws that govern and guide us as a people."

The party rejected the "illegality" and call for respect and compliance with the law.

“We reject President Jonathan’s illegality and call for respect and compliance with the law. We reject this meddling in the affairs of the Legislature especially given the resolution of President Jonathan and his close advisers yesterday at their meeting to ask the Deputy Speaker, Emeka Ihedioha, to unlawfully reconvene the House before the adjourned date.”

- CAJ News


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