By OLASUNKANMI AKONI
All Progressives Congress, APC, yesterday said President Goodluck Jonathan should be held responsible for the last week’s blockade of the Rivers State Government House.
APC said the President’s unbridled disposition toward political vendetta had pushed him to commit impunity and unconstitutionality more than any other president in the country’s history.
Its Interim National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, in a statement said the police could not have had the temerity to act the way they did in blocking Governor Chibuike Amaechi and his guests from his residence if they were not assured of support from higher authorities.
It warned that giving presidential backing to the police – or any national institution at all – to commit impunity and violate the nation’s constitution was the fastest means to destroy such institutions and erode public confidence in them.
The party said: ‘’In the case of the police, what is happening in Rivers is sending a wrong signal to the polity concerning the role of the force in 2015.
“How can a malleable police be trusted to be neutral and to help ensure the conduct of a free and fair election – with the President as a candidate – in 2015?.’’
APC claimed the Nigeria Police Force under President Jonathan had increasingly become a lawless force whose allegiance was only to the President and not to the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, a force that had become a tool in the hands of the President to harass, intimidate, arrest and persecute all his real and perceived political enemies.
According to the statement: ‘’Since the onset of the President Jonathan-inspired political logjam in Rivers State and the implosion of his party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, the President has been depending on the Nigeria Police to shore up his dwindling political fortune.
The insubordination of the Rivers State Super Police Commissioner Mbu, the police-sponsored fracas in the Rivers State House of Assembly; the assault on the five visiting governors by thugs working under the direction and protection of the State Commissioner of Police and the unlawful occupation of the new PDP Secretariats at Abuja and Lagos, are clear examples.
’’President Jonathan, however, should be told in clear and unambiguous language that Nigerians will resist all machinations by him to turn Nigeria into a police state.’’