OBIORA IFOH, Abuja
Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar has condemned the political development in Benue State where eight lawmakers illegally occupy the Benue State House of Assembly and serve impeachment notice to Governor Samuel Ortom insisting that such plot was a recipe for anarchy.
Reacting to the political development in a statement in Abuja on Monday, the former Vice President said he is greatly embarrassed by the unfolding political drama in Benue State. He said the impeachment plot was contrary to the provisions of the country’s constitution.
According to him, “any attempt to disregard the rule of law and constitution in the impeachment of a governor is a recipe for anarchy and officially sanctioned lawlessness.”
Atiku regrets that, for a state facing security challenges like Benue, the introduction of lawlessness in the impeachment process could only complicate an already bad situation.
He urges the police to remain politically neutral and avoid aiding lawlessness, adding that partisanship could professionally destroy the image of police.He stresses that the loyalty of the police should be to the constitution and the rule of law.
The former Vice President notes that whatever might be the short term political benefits of lawlessness, the long term dangers are by far greater than those perceived benefits.He warns that, if unchecked, the political situation in Benue State could lead to a domino effect across the country, thereby jeopardizing our democracy and endangering innocent lives and property of lawful citizens.
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