By Emmanuel Oloniruha
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has criticised the demolition of its Borno State Chapter Secretariat on the order of the state governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, addressing journalists on Monday in Abuja described the motion as a direct assault on the nation’s democracy.
He additionally described it as a gross effrontery in opposition to the provisions of the 1999 Constitution as amended.
Ologbondiyan additionally described it as a part of plot by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to cling to energy.
He recalled that the PDP secretariat alongside Dandal Way in Maiduguri, the Borno state capital was demolised on Sunday Jan. 21, on the instruction of the state authorities..
“It is already within the public area that the APC authorities in Borno state, for concern of the growing reputation of the PDP, had mounted strain on the proprietor of the constructing to eject our celebration.
“Frustrated by the refusal of the owner, the governor issued a revocation of the Certificate of Occupancy on the property.
“He instantly instructed the brokers of his authorities to demolish a home belonging to a citizen with none authorization of a courtroom of competent jurisdiction.’’
Ologbondiyan stated that the celebration had directed its Borno state chapter to right away search redress within the courtroom of regulation.
“We shall discover all processes inside a democracy to make sure that Governor Shetima rebuilds the home, and that his authorities is made to face the spirit and letters of the regulation.
“The PDP desires peace however not on the expense of direct violation of the nation’s democratic tenets and ideas, which we efficiently nourished and nurtured in our 16 years in workplace.’’
He referred to as on all lovers of democracy in Nigeria and internationally to hitch the celebration to collectively condemn the motion.
Ologbondiyan additionally condemned “unrelenting persecution, arrests, detention and trial of opposition members in addition to perceived opponents of presidency, together with harmless enterprise considerations.
These, in keeping with him, have been according to the grand plot to discredit and stifle opposition in Nigeria.
He stated that the ruling celebration having realised that its possibilities of profitable the 2019 elections get slimmer by the day has now resorted to a vicious plot to bodily assault PDP members and places of work.
“Nigerians haven’t forgotten the political pressure created in PDP strongholds in varied states, together with the latest assaults on our members, such because the assault on these holding a lawful assembly in Idanre, Ondo state.
“Also, the growing unwarranted assaults by safety forces on journalists, media homes and different well-meaning Nigerians finishing up their reputable duties.’’
Ologbondiyan alleged that they have been attacked just because they maintain completely different opinions from these of ruling celebration pursuits.
He charged members of PDP to be at alert, calm and proceed to work with celebration leaders in any respect ranges.(NAN)