The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has on Thursday urged the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Adamu Mohammed to order his men away from the Edo State House of Assembly.
The PDP alleged that the operatives who invaded the Assembly Complex on Thursday morning were trying to forcefully take over the complex.
As previously reported by Naija News, heavily armed security operatives on Thursday stormed the state assembly complex, and both the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the PDP have been trading blames on which party is responsible for the invasion.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, at a press briefing in Abuja on the development has called on the IGP to halt the activities of his men.
He also accused the APC of attempting to disrupt governance and peace in Edo State ahead of the September 19 governorship polls in the state.
In his words: “We urge the Inspector-General to act with dispatch to curb this nefarious situation, which has heightened tension in the State, and, if not halted, may result in a bloody clash as the citizens are already charged to defend their symbol of democracy from a forceful takeover.
‘The police hierarchy is urged to note that this provocative and lawless act is part of its plans to overheat the polity and create a security situation with the view to unleash violence on the people, derail the democratic order in the state and blame it on security agencies.
‘Our party has been informed that the plot is to use the illegal security operation to seize the processes of the House of Assembly and illegally inaugurate certain individuals whose seats have been lawfully declared vacant with plans to use them to pull down democratic structure in the State.
‘Our party, therefore, charges the IG to wade in and immediately withdraw the illegally deployed security officers and protect democracy and peace in Edo State.
‘Our nation cannot afford to have a breakdown of law and order in Edo State at this critical time as such is capable of having a spiral effect on other states in the Niger Delta region, which will further result in dire consequences to our nation.”