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PDP to FG: DSS invasion of Akwa-Ibom Governor’s Lodge an assault on democracy
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PDP to FG: DSS invasion of Akwa-Ibom Governor’s Lodge an assault on democracy

Governors of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are not happy over what they term the overzealous action of the Department of State Security (DSS) and have condemned the recent invasion of Akwa Ibom State Government House by operatives of the agency, describing the act as an assault on democracy.
The governors who warned that the act was aimed at stifling the opposition, called on the international community to intervene now and stop the control from sliding into dictatorship.
The PDP governors raised re concerns in a communique signed by their chairman, Dr. Olusegun Mimiko, who is also the governor of Ondo State.
The communique read in part: “the forum condemns in very strong terms the violation of the sanctity of the Akwa Ibom State Government House by the Department of State Security.
“It is against the spirit, ethos, values and fundamental tenets of democratic norms and tradition; more so with the existence of a duly-elected and sworn-in Executive Governor of the State.
“The forum is worried, alarmed and shocked by such desecration. It is an assault on democracy and thus spells doom and poses imminent danger to our fledgling democracy.
“That action is one of such continuous attempts by the APC-controlled federal government to stifle the opposition and this is most unacceptable.
They further insisted that the trend must be stopped henceforth, stressing that no democracy survives without a viable opposition in any part of the world.
“We once more advise the DSS to pre-occupy itself with the task of ensuring internal security and desist from daily harassing and intimidating members of the opposition.
“Finally, we equally implore the international community, CSOs and human rights activists to call the APC-led-federal government to respect the well-entrenched democratic traditions. We all have the duty to prevent this country from sliding into dictatorship.”

Meanwhile, the 26 members of the Akwa Ibom State House of Assembly  have stated that the invasion was not only in breach of the constitution but an affront on the rights of the governor, who is the chief security officer of the state.

The 26 lawmakers, at a news conference yesterday in Abuja, gave the DSS seven days ultimatum to apologise or risk being slammed with a legal action.

The Speaker, Aniekan Uko, who read the statement,  was supported by the 25 members of the House of Assembly and some federal lawmakers.

Uko said: “Since the Constitution has clearly freed the governor from being brought under court warrant in the discharge of his legitimate duties, it is on record that before embarking on that ill-advised operation, the SSS never communicated with the governor of Akwa Ibom State, who is also the chief security officer of the state, on why it was necessary to search his official residence in Uyo.

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