Akwa Ibom State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and the presidency of plot to use the police to seal off the state House of Assembly.
The publicity secretary of the state chapter of the PDP, Comrade Ini Ememobong, in a statement released to the media in Abuja last night said the party have authoritative information that the newly redeployed Commissioner of Police to the State is under express orders to take over the State Assembly.
Ememobong in a state titled: “Mixing security and politics: the sure highway to crises” said: “The attempt by the APC to use security forces to convert their political minuses to an advantage is the surest means of instigating crises in Nigeria’s most peaceful state, Akwa Ibom State.
“News footage of the complaints by the National Chairman of the APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, against the recently posted Commissioner of Police to Akwa Ibom, Mr Joe Abang, we learnt has led to the redeployment of the CP and the posting of another Commissioner, whom we learnt is under strict instructions to aid the APC to either return the sacked lawmakers to the Assembly or shut down the assembly and prevent her from holding their sittings.
“The former CP was accused by the APC chairman of aiding and abetting the PDP, but Comrade Oshiomhole is clearly ignorant of the existing court order contained in the judgement or may not be aware of the self activating capacity of Section 109(1) and )(2) which are the foundation upon which the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly acted to declare vacant the seats of the lawmakers.
“We hereby advise the new Commissioner of Police to note and understand that he is not and cannot become a court of law. The police has a duty of maintaining law and order. The valid judgement of the Federal High Court sitting in Uyo is extant and must be obeyed, alongside the constitutional provision applicable in the circumstance. The police should never become the security arm of a political party, it should remain the protector of the citizens and residents of the country,” he stated.