The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) says it is considering a legal action against Asset Seizure Executive Order signed by the president.

The party described the order as illegal, unconstitutional, reprehensible and a dangerous step towards a descent to fascism.

It noted that the Executive Order is a total disregard to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution.

The PDP in a statement issued by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan on Friday said the Nigerian Constitution did not, under any section, confer such fascist powers on the president.

Ologbondiyan said there could be no legitimate latitude of interpretation placed on sections 5 and 15 (5) of the 1999 Constitution cited as justification.

“Already, our lawyers are considering a legal action against the Federal Government on the illegality of Mr. President’s action in the interest of Nigeria and Nigerians.’’ 

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Ologbondiyan said that the President unilateral Executive Order was a travesty of justice and rule of law “as it vehemently seeks to hijack and usurp the powers of both the legislature and the courts’’.

He added that the President also vest to take the power on himself in order to use it at will, as a political instrument, to haunt, traumatize, harass and victimize perceived political opponents.

“Mr President wants to change our democratic governance to a military regime, in line with his lamentation, two days ago, that the fight against corruption will be better under a military regime than under a democracy.

“It is instructive to emphasize that the PDP is not in any way opposed to the fight against corruption.

“Rather, the party holds that the imposition of this Executive Order, which is radically at variance with the provisions of the Constitution, is totally unacceptable.

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