Consequently, it said the federal lawmakers, as representatives of the people, must eschew all partisan interests and save the country from harm, by meting appropriate legislative sanction against President Buhari, before it is too late.
The opposition party added that Tuesday’s event at the National Assembly vindicates its earlier alarm that the president’s vacation in London was a ploy to exonerate him from any blame for “this sordid assaults on democracy.”
Former deputy speaker of the House of Representatives, Emeka Ihedioha also condemned yesterday’s invasion of the National Assembly complex by a team of DSS operatives and warned that the country is too big for any individual or group to hold ransom.
Ihedioha, who spoke through his Media Aide, Mr. Chibuike Onyeukwu, described the NASS invasion as a sacrilege and slap on Nigerians.
He said: “I wish to alert Nigerians that the APC National Chairman, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, and his band of notorious gangsters have become a nuisance and an increasing threat to our democracy, and must not be allowed to truncate our hard-earned democratic government.
“The legislature is the fulcrum of democratic practice, consequently, the assault on the people’s House, an institution that symbolises our democracy and has, indeed, entrenched its culture, is, to say the least, a failed coup, abuse of power and, indeed, smacks of dictatorship.”
Ihedioha described the dismissal of the Director General of the DSS as an after thought by the Presidency and alleged that “the APC government is bent on scuttling the hard-fought democracy by their anti democratic posture.”
The PDP, Ekiti chapter, chided the DSS for blocking the entrance to the two chambers of the National Assembly, thereby, preventing some federal lawmakers from entering to perform their legitimate national assignment.
The party said what the men of the DSS did at the Senate amounts to desecration of the Legislature, which, it described as a potent arm of government that lends credence to the executive, for good governance.
The party equally praised the sacking of the Director General of DSS’ director general, Lawan Daura, and said his action, since assuming the top security seat in 2015, had been characterised by controversies. It accused the ex-security chief of always acting in a way that could destroy the country’s democratic foundation.
Speaking with newsmen in Ado Ekiti, yesterday, the PDP State Chairman in Ekiti, Barrister Gboyega Oguntuase, said it was a national disgrace for masked DSS operatives to have blocked the National Assembly and insulated elected officials from performing their duties.
Similarly, a non-governmental organisation known as Northern Emancipation Network, described yesterday’s siege to the National Assembly by men of the DSS as ‘coup’ in democracy.
The group, in a statement signed by its National Coordinator, Abdulazeez Suleiman, said: “Nigerians woke up this morning to disturbing reports of a siege to the National Assembly by federal security agents.
“The development is disturbing as it constitutes a grave danger to the nation’s fledgling democracy, and cannot be condoned.
“We call on the civil society and the international community to stand up against this rising tide of impunity and latent threat to democracy, as well as an open invitation to chaos by the authorities that are supposed to prevent it.”
Chairman of the African Democratic Congress (ADC), Chief Ralph Okey Nwosu, “Nigeria’s democracy is running on a keg of gun powder, if we continue with the kind of politicking, campaigns and electioneering going on, it is only a matter of time for the system to collapse.”
The comments by Chief Nwosu came just as Yinka Odumakin described the incident at the National Assembly as a sad development of descent to anarchy that should worry every patriotic Nigerian, adding that the pitch of undemocratic conduct by so called progressives, deploying DSS to seal up the National Assembly and prevent lawmakers from carrying out their legitimate duties or escort some lawmakers to carry out illegal duties in assembly, is bad.
He lamented that Nigeria is descending into full blown dictatorship. He noted that the difference between a democratic arrangement and dictatorship is the National Assembly, adding, “once we emasculate the legislative arm of government, we are back to full blown dictatorship.”
Rights activist and legal practitioner, Ebunolu Adegboruwa, in a statement issued yesterday, commended Acting Pesident Yemi Osibanjo for taking “a bold step in addressing the ugly incident.
“I commend the action taken by the Acting President, in due consultations with the President, I believe. This should be extended to all other security and law enforcement agencies, to follow the law and observe due process of law, in all their dealings. Let us never allow security operatives, to take our people for granted,” the statement read.
The Nigerian Bar Association (NBA) called on the Acting President, Professor Yemi Osinbajo to order immediate withdrawal of security men laying to siege the national assembly.
In a statement signed by the president of NBA, Abubakar Mahmoud, SAN, the association described the action as unconstitutional and said it poses a grave threat to democracy.