22nd September, 2010
The Save Nigeria Group, SNG, headed by Pastor Tunde Bakare, has described the purportedÂ impeachment of the Speaker of the Ogun State House of Assembly, Tunji Egbetokun onÂ Monday, 6 September, 2010, as a rape on democracy.
Addressing newsmen this morning in Lagos, the group which clearly stated that it did notÂ step into any issue without getting the facts involved, revealed that both the G-15 andÂ G-11 presented their cases in writing, adding that oral presentations were also made byÂ both sides.
The SNG, after considering the submission of both sides, condemned the action of theÂ G-11, stressing that due process was not followed in their â€˜illegalâ€™ sitting.
Said Pastor Bakare at the conference: â€œWhile we concede that no arm of government shouldÂ be allowed to paralyse another, we viewed the recent action as a rape of democracy, anÂ outright violation of the rule of law and parliamentary principle which forbids theÂ minority to â€˜overthrowâ€™ the majority.
â€œThe sad event of 6 September, 2010 is a continuation of the outlawry of the rulingÂ Peopleâ€™s Democratic Party, PDP, which in the last 11 years has made nonsense of the ruleÂ of law through promotion of gangsterim and violent violation of the laws of the landÂ under the doctrine of family affairs.â€
He disclosed that the most heart rendering ofn all the development was the sinful silenceÂ of President Goodluck Jonathan on the crude assault against democracy in Ogun State,Â saying that he was expected to defend the rule of law at all times according to his oathÂ of office.
Pastor Bakare also pointed out that the SNG could not hide their feelings that theÂ National Assembly had maintained a criminal silence on the debacle in Ogun State, keepingÂ mute for 16 days running, whether they are on recess or not.
On the way forward, the Save Nigeria Group gave a two-week ultimatum that the leadershipÂ of the Ogun State House of Assembly should return to the status quo before the 6Â September, 2010 kangaroo impeachment.
It also advised President Jonathan to unseal the Ogun State House of Assembly so thatÂ normal legislative business would resume and that the legitimate speaker be allowed toÂ call the meeting of the whole House where all related issues could be resolved.