18th November, 2010
The Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has raised an alarm over plans by the PDP toÂ instigate chaos and instability in Ekiti state to justify the action beingÂ spearheaded by a PDP top brass in the South-west to use his clout to force theÂ federal government to impose a state of emergency in the state.
In a statement issued in Lagos on Wednesday by its National Publicity Secretary,Â Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said the plans involve using the recent dissolutionÂ of local government councils in Ekiti as a pretext to foment trouble throughout theÂ state.
”In fact, we learnt that the PDP top gun, who is behind the devilish plans, hasÂ urged the PDP council officials who were lawfully sacked by the state government toÂ return to their posts, hoping this would help trigger enough trouble that he willÂ now use as an excuse to prevail on the President to impose a state of emergency onÂ the state,” it said.
ACN warned, however, that whoever tries to go along that dangerous path must beÂ ready to impose a state of emergency on all of Nigeria.
”Ekiti, under the rule of the ACN, has never been more peaceful. Any attempt toÂ foment trouble, therefore, will be resisted by the peace-loving but courageous andÂ indefatigable people of the state. If the government has not deemed it fit to slamÂ emergency rule on states like Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Abia where militancy andÂ kidnapping are thriving, or states like Ogun and Oyo which have become hotbeds ofÂ political thuggery, why would anyone even brood such for a peaceful state likeÂ Ekiti?
”The only answer we can find right now is that the PDP is trying to get through theÂ back door what it has failed to secure through the front door,” the party said.
ACN said if anyone or group feels that any law has been broken with the dissolutionÂ of the Ekiti councils and the appointment of caretaker committees for the councils,Â such person or group should head to court rather than taking to the streets.
It advised the PDP to emulate it (the ACN), which has always resorted to the courtsÂ to resolve any political logjam.
”For over three years, we were in court in Ekiti and Osun states, seeking to useÂ legal means to get back our mandates that were stolen by the PDP. All through thoseÂ years, we never caused any trouble even for the illegitimate governments in place.Â This is how to grow democracy, ” the party said.
ACN criticised the PDP lawmakers in Ekiti, who boycotted a session at which theÂ Governor’s lawful action was ratified by the state House of Assembly. According toÂ the law, the governor can dissolve the councils and put in place caretakerÂ committees in concurrence with the state House of Assembly. This has been done!
”The decision by the PDP members of the Ekiti House of Assembly to boycott thatÂ sitting is in line with what the PDP has been doing in Edo state, where lawmakersÂ have been boycotting assembly sessions for the past six months, hoping this willÂ grind the machinery of state. This is sheer irresponsibility and a manifestation ofÂ politics of brigandage on the part of the PDP. If any member of the house anywhereÂ refuses to attend sessions, he or she should be recalled, and possibly charged withÂ treason!” the party said.
”But we want to put it on record that the sitting at which the Ekiti GovernorÂ received the nod of the state assembly was properly conducted by the Clerk of theÂ house and in accordance with the law. Any party that feels otherwise should emulateÂ the ACN and head to court, not to the streets.
”That is how the ACN has been growing our nation’s democracy. For example, ourÂ party isÂ outnumbered in Osun State House of Assembly, but we have always ensuredÂ that we will have our say, even if we can’t have our way. Ditto for the NationalÂ Assembly and many other states.
This is the way to go, and we call on the PDP to follow suit, instead of threateningÂ fire and brimstone,” ACN said.