23rd September, 2010
President Goodluck Jonathan has been urged to assert his authority and live up to hisÂ oath to defend the integrity of the Nigerian Constitution by immediately ensuring thatÂ sanity returns to Ogun State.
Comrade Mark-Kenlere Adesina Adebayo, President, The Common Menâ€™s Movement of Nigeria,Â COMAN, said this while delivering an address titled The Executives Coup Against TheÂ Legislative Arm in Ogun State: A Big Threat To Democracy during a press conference heldÂ at Mokland Hotel, Sango-Otta, Ogun State on Tuesday.
Adebayo urged the President to act immediately to correct the impression that he has aÂ hand in the Ogun State mess by publicly dissociating himself from the illegal andÂ unconstitutional act that played itself out at the Ogun State House of Assembly recently.
The group said that a major implication of the condemnable act is its potential for theÂ breakdown of law and order, adding that when a sitting governor violates the law withÂ obvious impunity, it becomes a negative beckon to the general public that anarchy hasÂ taken over the state whichÂ implies that the state has resorted to the Hobbesian State ofÂ nature and thereby dangerous to the countryâ€™s nascent democracy.
â€œIn the first instance, it is very clear that there was a direct involvement of GovernorÂ Gbenga Daniel in this ugly development due to the fact that policemen directly workingÂ within the governorâ€™s official security provided armed shield for the eight members whoÂ broke into the Assembly. It is a shame that the Nigeria Police as an institution hasÂ allowed itself to be used as an instrument of supplanting the Nigerian Constitution.
The group also called on financial institutions in and outside the country to disregardÂ the illegal Ogun State N100 billion Bond.