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PDP demands unsealing of Rivers council premises

10 July 2015, 16:00Augustine Osayande

Abuja - The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has demanded the immediate unsealing of local council premises in Rivers State.

Police have sealed the premises.

The party described the action as unconstitutional, reprehensible abuse of power and a brazen show of partisanship.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, on Friday said the action of the police is an affront to the ruling of the High Court, which Thursday dissolved the 22 local government councils unlawfully imposed by the immediate past administration in the state, upon which the caretaker committees were appointed by Governor Nyesom Wike.

"It was curious that the police allowed the dissolution of local government councils and appointment of caretaker committees in APC-controlled Plateau and Kaduna States, even when they were without the orders of the court but elected to clamp down on that of Rivers State, which came as a result of judicial pronouncement," Metuh said.

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Metuh charged the Inspector General of Police to “come out clean” on the matter and assure the nation of the non-partisanship of the police by ordering the immediate unsealing of the councils.

He said Nigerians and the international community should note the development, which is a yet another clear indication that the Nigerian police might have become a partisan and compromised instruments in the hands of the APC federal government to destabilize PDP controlled states, particularly Rivers State.

The sealing of the councils premises is the latest twist in what has been a dramatic week.

Earlier, Lambo Akanbi, justice of a federal high court in Rivers state, sacked the 22 local government council chairmen‎ of the state.

According to Akanbi, who also dissolved the local government councils, the election of the chairmen on May 23, was in violation of an earlier court order restricting the past government of Chibuike Amaechi from conducting the election.

The judgement was preceded by a bomb blast near the court.

- CAJ News


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