PDP Attacks Presidency For Senate Mace Snatching
The opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the presidency for the invasion of the National Assembly and seizure of the Senate mace.
In a statement by the party on its Twitter page, the PDP decried the act that it described as a direct assault on the legislature and bold attempt to truncate Nigeria’s democracy.
The party's statement is coming hours after some persons invaded the Senate, obstructed plenary and attempted to take away the mace that is the Senate's symbol of authority.
For the opposition party, the ruling All Progressives Congress has foisted on Nigeria's irredeemable autocracy.
"The APC has in three years of governance, gone beyond limits to force Nigerians to accept a government that has no respect for freedom and the ideals of democracy, particularly the constitutional separation of powers.
"Is it not strange that a legislative day appointed to further deliberate on the re-ordering of sequence of election will be the day that some elements would invade the National Assembly, particularly, the hallowed chambers of the Senate, to disrupt legislative proceeding and seize the mace?
"Equally strange is the compromising of security of the Nigerian Police Force in the National Assembly paving the way for the invasion," the party wrote.
The party highlighted that the parliament, all over the world, was the bastion of democracy, without which government becomes autocratic and totalitarian.
One thing it wants Nigerians to do is to pause and reflect on the series of assaults on the legislature by the All Progressives Congress, the persecution and harassment of the leaders and members of the Senate on trumped-up charges, including declaring a serving senator wanted by the police.
The opposition party then asked the National Assembly to bring forth every legislative instrument to protect itself from external aggression as well as unravelling every persons, offices and institutions that played any form of roles in this wild attempt to scuttle our hard earned democracy.
The snatching of the mace came days after a Senator representing Delta Central Senatorial District, Ovie Omo-Agege was suspended.