The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Akwa Ibom State has urged President Muhhamadu Buhari to overlook the call by the All Progressives Congress, APC, for a state-of-emergency in the State.
The State PDP chairman, Obong Paul Ekpo in a statement, accused APC of instigating violence in Akwa Ibom in order to pave way for the declaration of state-of-emergency which would lead to subsequent removal of Gov. Udom
He urged the Federal government to utilise its energy in containing the Boko Haram insurgency ravaging the north eastern part of Nigeria than on a peaceful state like Akwa Ibom.
According to Ekpo, “The statement signed by Mr. Ini Okopido demanding that the President should declare a state of emergency in Akwa Ibom state and remove the democratically elected government of Governor Udom Emmanuel is a confirmation to our earlier announced intelligence relating to the motive of the APC in instigating violence in our state.
“The APC and her chieftains have always boasted of their total reliance on federal might, which they see as their only highway to power.
“We therefore call on the federal government to ignore the ill-informed demand for the declaration of a state of emergency by the APC and instead concentrate her efforts in fighting insurgents and the protection of our soldiers and other security forces, who are fighting to protect our sovereignty.”
On their take in the crisis rocking House of Assembly, Ekpo said, “in our case, the Speaker of the State Assembly, we have been reliably informed had applied restraint in the declaration of the seats of the law makers until they approached the courts and judgement was given against one of the law makers and the rest teamed up with him in pursuit of an unlawful course, of attempting to prevent the House of Assembly from undertaking its legal responsibilities.
“It is common knowledge that as at the time the speaker acted in declaring the seats of the former members vacant, there was no subsisting injunction or legal impediment restraining him or any other person from acting in that direction. It is therefore not in doubt that the declaration of the vacancy of seats of the former members was, is and remains constitutional, lawful, legal and extant and there is nothing the APC can do about it.
“The public has over the time witnessed the presence of unquenchable greed and the absence of basic intelligence and common sense in these characters, who have now congregated themselves into the APC, in a desperate conspiracy to grab power at all cost and by all means.
“We will be advocating that INEC should make psychiatric examination a precondition for holding executive positions in political parties. This will help to check the incursion of clothed deranged persons into the political turf.
“We call on our supporters to remain calm even in the face of unprovoked aggression by the war-minded members of the opposition. We call on security agencies to conduct their duties professionally, without political leanings.”