THE national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, demands immediate unsealing of local councils in Rivers State by the Police. The party described as unconstitutional, reprehensible abuse of power and brazen show of partisanship, the action of the APC-led federal government controlled police in barring caretaker committees lawfully appointed by the state government from taking charge of the councils.
Olisa Metuh, PDP National Publicity Secretary, in a statement on Friday, July 10, said the action of the police is an affront to the ruling of the High Court, which Thursday dissolved the 22 local government councils unlawfully imposed by the immediate past administration in the state, upon which the caretaker committees were appointed by Governor Nyesom Wike.
The party said “it was curious that the police allowed the dissolution of local government councils and appointment of caretaker committees in APC controlled Plateau and Kaduna states, even when they were without the orders of the court but elected to clamp down on that of Rivers State, which came as a result of judicial pronouncement.”
It therefore charged the Inspector General of Police to come out clean on the matter and assure the nation of the non-partisanship of the police by ordering the immediate unsealing of the councils.
The party said Nigerians and the international community should note the development, which “is a yet another clear indication that the Nigerian police may have become a partisan and compromised instrument in the hands of the APC federal government to destabilize PDP controlled states, particularly Rivers State.
— Jul 20, 2015 @ 01:00 GMT