The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Plateau state has condemned what it described as the unconstitutional role of the state Commissioner of police in the ongoing crisis rocking the state House of Assembly.
The Party in a statement signed by its publicity secretary, John T Akans ksm FICA JP accused the police of harassing, intimidating, and illegally arresting 12 members of the assembly alongside the embattled speaker, Honorable Abok Ayuba.
The statement reads in full;
The attention of the Peoples Democratic party (PDP) has just been drawn to the unconstitutional role of the Plateau state commissioner of police under the directives of the Presidency through Governor Simon Bako lalong to harass, intimidate and arrest 12 Hon members of the plateau state house of assembly from carrying out their constitutional responsibilities as representatives of the People.
The party at this moment alerts Nigerians in particular plateau people on this unfortunate undemocratic and unconstitutional role of the commissioner of police who have since morning relocated his office to the Plateau state house of assembly.
The CP and other security agencies used should explain to plateau people if he has turned the office of the plateau state house of assembly speaker into his office or one of his divisional office because since morning he has occupied the office with his armed men and as at this time the CP has arrested 12 members including the speaker taking them to an unknown location he should note that he has no constitutional right to prevent members from discharging their responsibilities inline with the constitution of the federal republic of Nigeria 1999 as amended.
The Peoples Democratic party is monitoring as things unfold and will inform the people of plateau state on happenings.
We commend our house members for their steadfastness in sustaining Democracy and the rule of law and for showcasing the capacity of the party in the face of this uncivilized bloodthirsty and barbarians.The party is proud of all its members as they are the true representatives of the people. End.
It would be recalled that on Thursday last week, 8 members of the assembly sat and impeached Honorable Abok Ayuba, an action that was strongly condemned by the PDP.
On Monday Morning Abok and other members loyal to him gained access into the assembly complex for an executive meeting. In the evening, the Peoples Gazette reported that Abok was arrested and taken away by the police in the state.