… Presidency, APC overburdened by guilt over NASS invasion
OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has charged President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately order the unfreezing of the official accounts of Akwa-Ibom and Benue states illegally blocked by the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC), as such is a direct attack on innocent Nigerians in those states.
The PDP also condemns the freezing as illegal, unconstitutional, overtly wicked and cannot be justified under any guise within the clear dictates and contemplation of our laws and practice as a nation.
The PDP in a statement by National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan rejects the action of the Federal Government and counsels the Buhari Presidency not to hide under the EFCC to unleash punishment and hardship on the people in states perceived to be averse to his 2019 re-election bid.
“In illegally blocking the flow of funds to these states, the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led Federal Government has ostensibly commenced a reprehensible design of using economic deprivation as a political tool to arm-twist governors and states to support President Buhari’s re-election in 2019.
“The APC has been seeking ways to subjugate Nigerians, for which it has now resorted to subjecting millions of compatriots already impoverished by the misrule of the Buhari administration, to face more hardship by seizing funds legally belonging to them.
“Nigerians are all aware that no section of our constitution or any law in Nigeria for that matter confers any agency of the Federal Government with powers to interfere or put any restrictions on funds belonging or accruable to states as federating units of our nation.
“Apart from its State Assembly, no other government body or institution has the powers of appropriation or restrictions on any funds belonging to the state.”The PDP therefore urges all Nigerians to stand up and resist this dangerous trend introduced by the desperate APC to subjugate Nigerians, for which Akwa-Ibom and Benue states are now being used to test the will of the people in this direction.
In separate statement, PDP said the Presidency and APC have become confused and overburdened by guilt, following the barrage of national and international indignation against them over their failed attempt to illegally takeover the National Assembly on Tuesday.
The PDP said with the failure of the Presidency and the APC to sway the public with the sack of the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, they have become schizophrenic in their bid to politicize the invasion, while further exposing their culpability in the sordid act.
“The APC jaundiced reasoning and penchant for deceit know no bound. Is it not schizophrenic for the APC, in its statement, a day after the invasion, to accuse Senate President Bukola Saraki of triggering security issues at the National Assembly, when the Presidency had already ‘found’ DSS Director General wanting and summarily sacked him for the invasion?
“How can the APC accuse Senate President Saraki of causing security concerns by ‘reconvening’ the National Assembly, when it is public knowledge that the National Assembly has not been reconvened despite the pressure by the factional National Chairman of the APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the Special Adviser to the Presidential on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang and Senator Ahmed Lawan on the leadership of the Senate to reconvene?
“Is it not revealing that the APC, in alleging that the Senate President ‘reconvened’ the Senate as a pre-emptive move to frustrate federal lawmakers’ move to impeach him, unwittingly exposed their plot to cause violence and illegally take over the Senate?”
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