NASS Siege: PDP Urges Lawmakers To Fight Back Against Buhari-led Govt.
Nigeria’s main opposition party, the Peoples’ Democratic Party, PDP, has urged the National Assembly to immediately pull the full weight of all legislative instruments against President Buhari as a way of saving the country from an imminent collapse.
The party said that by sending armed security men to invade the National Assembly and block lawmakers from accessing the legislative chambers; President Buhari had crossed the line and put democracy in jeopardy.
In a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, the PDP condemned what it said was an attempt to shut down the highest lawmaking organ of the Nigerian government.
“The invasion of our highest legislative institution by agents of the Buhari-led executive, a few months after the Senate mace was blazingly carted away by armed hoodlums, is condemnable, reprehensible, unpardonable, and completely unacceptable,” the party said.
It added: “With this siege, barely a week after presiding officers of the Senate were held hostage at their residences, it has become clear that the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress, APC, intend to forcefully overrun and ultimately shut down the highest lawmaking organ of the Nigerian government and pave the way for the total suspension of constitutional rule in the country.”