OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has condemned the invasion of the residence of Taraba State Governor, Darius Ishaku even as it dared the Police to probe the National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Adams Oshiomhole, Kano State Governor Abdulahi Ganduje and other APC Governors and top party officials who are accused of official misdemeanor.
Addressing the media in Abuja, PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, also called on the federal authorities to direct its energies in finding solution to the security challenges and persistent bloodletting ravaging Taraba and other states of the federation.
He said, “the APC administration should end its wild goose chase on PDP elected officials and focus its energy on confronting and routing the marauders, invaders, bandits and kidnappers who have been pillaging our citizens.
“Furthermore, now that nothing incriminating have been found in Governor Ishaku’s residence, can the federal authorities also proceed to search the residents of APC leaders, who have been accused of stashing stolen money in their houses as well as secret bank accounts within and outside Nigeria?
“Can they also proceed to invite or search the residences of members of the cabal at the Presidency as well as former ministers in the Buhari’s administration, who as state governors have allegations of stealing public funds still hanging on their necks?
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that despite series of corruption allegations against the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, while serving as the Governor of Edo state; he has not been invited for questioning by the police, neither has his residence been searched by any security agency.
“Besides, the Federal authorities has taken no steps to search any property belonging to an APC governor of one of the states of the North Central, who was accused of smuggling in and stockpiling military equipment ahead of the 2019 general elections.
“Our party, therefore, urges the security agencies to note that their allegiance must stand with the law and the people of Nigeria. They should therefore resist attempts by the APC and its agents to use them for its selfish agenda as in the case of the invasion of the residence of Governor Darius Ishaku.
“Let it be known that the PDP and, of course, the people of Nigeria solidly stand with Governor Ishaku and all our elected officers as they operate above board in their commitment towards the welfare of Nigerians.
“Our assurance is that our elected officers at all levels will never be intimidated or cowed to relent in their commitment to the people of Nigeria in line with the manifesto and ideology of our great party.”
PDP recalled that at the wake of the attack, on June 11, 2019, allegedly led by one Police DSP Edwin Oruakpa, the PDP charged the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately get to the root of the matter, expose the actual forces behind the invasion and their real intentions, as well as to bring all the culprits to book publicly.
“The PDP, however, states in clear terms that it is not satisfied with the manner with which the Federal Government is handling the issue. Already the poor handling of the matter is now sparking off suspicions of a creepy ploy to suppress facts and divert public attention from the questions surrounding the unlawful assault.
“That invasion, as you all are aware, is in direct violation of the Governor’s immunity under the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), prompting many Nigerians to point to no other motive other than a deliberate and calculated attempt to intimidate and hurt the person of the Governor of Taraba state, Arc. Ishaku.”
The PDP said it was worried that the Federal Government and the Police are yet to provide answers and come clean on the matter.
“The questions are: who ordered the unlawful invasion of the residence of a sitting state governor in violation of his constitutional immunity? Under what powers was the invasion ordered and what was the real motive?
“Furthermore, what is the response of the Federal Government and the Police in guaranteeing the safety of Governor Darius Ishaku and his family members? Who is in custody of the valuables carted away from the residence by the invading operatives? Who takes responsibility for the damage caused to the residence of the Governor?
“Until these questions are answered, the PDP and the people of Taraba state will continue to hold the APC and the Federal Government responsible for the invasion or should any harm suddenly befalls Governor Darius Ishaku, members of his family, officials of his government or officials of our party in Taraba State.”
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