The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, said yesterday that it will no longer tolerate the unlawful use of state apparatus by the All Progressives Congress, APC-led federal government to harass its elected officials.
The party said the APC-led government, last Friday crossed the line in unleashing the Department of State Service, DSS, now under the direct command of its member, Alhaji Lawal Daura, to invade and occupy the Akwa Ibom State Government House, Uyo, in violation of the constitutional immunity of the governor.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement cautioned that the invasion and other flagrant abuse of power by the APC-led federal government are clear recipes for constitutional crisis, civil unrest and avoidable anarchy and called on Nigerians and the international community to take copious note of this.
The party said its investigation showed that the DSS acted on an order from the presidency, which has been in a desperate bid to destabilise and forcefully take over Akwa-Ibom and other PDP states.
“We have information that the DSS, acting on instructions from the presidency occupied Akwa-Ibom State Government House, ransacking guest houses for no just cause. If such terror can be unleashed on a state government, one can only imagine the fate of regular citizens in the hands of this administration that has continued to show unparalleled disdain for constitutional order, with heinous penchant for oppression.
‘‘We have also been made aware of plans by the APC government to stage similar invasions and unlawful assaults on other PDP states, including Rivers, Delta, Abia and Taraba, where electoral officers are already being hounded and harassed by the DSS, who are directly interfering in the activities of election tribunals in furtherance of APC’s desperation to take over these states.
“The PDP recalls a similar action by the APC controlled police, which in July, sealed local councils in Rivers State and barred caretaker committees lawfully appointed by the state government from taking charge.
“Finally, we wish to state categorically that as citizens of this country, we can no longer continue to stomach such brazen attacks on our members and elected officials. The PDP will therefore hold several leadership and stakeholders meetings to come up with its response to this barefaced assault on our democracy. Enough is enough.”

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