PDP Condemns Move To Impeach Governor Of Benue State
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged that the attempt by some Benue Lawmakers to impeach the state governor, Samuel Ortom was to scare individuals who are supporting the party.
In a statement issued after the emergency National Working Committee (NWC) meeting held on Monday in Abuja, the party blamed All Progressives Congress (APC) National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, and the President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for the action.
The PDP expressed shock that the lawmakers were led by Terkibir Ikyange who was impeached as speaker by his colleagues last week.
The Statement partly read:
“The NWC condemns in its entirely the purported sitting of eight APC members including the impeached and suspended Speaker; (in a 30 member House) wherein they illegally claimed to have served an impeachment notice on the Governor of Benue State, Dr. Samuel Ortom.
“PDP also condemns the use of the EFCC and DSS to harass and intimidate officials of the Benue State Government.
“We note the roles played by the factional Chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, President Muhammadu Buhari-led Federal Government and Sen. George Akume in encouraging lawless acts and anarchy in Benue State.
“The party believes the actions and opinions expressed by Oshiomole on the decamping of Governor Ortom to the PDP as an act intended to precipitate crisis for declaration of state of emergency in Benue,” the PDP said.
The PDP warned against such deliberate acts adding that these were “maliciously designed to truncate democracy by employing underhand tactics to achieve what is inconceivable in a democracy.”
“The party calls on the Nigerian public, the civil society organisations and International Community to note the series of plots and deliberate attempts by the Buhari led APC Federal Government to cause mayhem in a state that is struggling to recover from a spate of killings and bloodletting.
“We are aware that these plots were designed to scare away Nigerians, including state governors and legislators, who are desirous of rallying with the PDP to rescue our nation from the misgovemance of the Buhari regime,” it added.