In the light of accusations and counter accusations, over the unfortunate incident that led to the shutdown of the National Assembly on Thursday, the National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Inspector General of Police to institute full enquiry to unravel the circumstances and facts surrounding the development within the next 72 hours.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh in a statement on Friday said the “sanctity of the National Assembly as an arm of government and citadel of democracy must be upheld at all times adding that the matter should not be shrouded in controversy, sinister plots and mundane accusations”.
“Whilst we acknowledge that due to the security challenges in the country, the security agencies are within their constitutional powers to search individuals and ensure that only responsible and duly accredited persons gain entrance into the National Assembly complex, we wish to state in strongest possible terms that the PDP is fully with the President in not condoning any act that might indicate that the police went beyond their bounds in the incident.
“The PDP is known for its unwavering stand in upholding the tenets of democracy. Our stand for justice, fairness, and equity at all times remains undiluted. In the same vein, President Goodluck Jonathan has been very humble and forthright in upholding these principles and rights of citizens. He has instituted free, fair and credible elections and remains unwavering that his ambition does not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
“We therefore believe that there is no need to shroud the development in controversy. In this regard, we call for a full investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident within the next 72 hours. Nigerians deserve to know the truth at all times”, the party said.