- Protesters stormed the Nigerian Senate chamber on Wednesday, April 18, and stole the mace
- The PDP in Delta state described the action as a show of shame
- The party apologised on behalf of the good and law abiding citizens of Delta state
The Delta state chapter of the PDP has expressed shock over the invasion of the Nigerian Senate today, Wednesday, April 18 by thugs who accompanied Senator Ovie Omo-Agege to the red chamber and seized the Senate's mace.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng, the publicity secretary of the PDP in Delta state, Ifeanyi Michael Osuoza, described the action of the senator as a show of shame.
Part of the statement read: “Delta state PDP is aghast and flabbergasted by this shameful show of brazen impunity and unbridled affront on our democracy by a member of the Senate, who is not only expected to be distinguished and matured in actions, but is sadly from Delta state and representing the intelligent, discerning and well respected people of Delta Central Senatorial Zone.
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“Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, who has been described as the mastermind of this invasion act by foreigners, for even being mentioned, associated and identified with this callous act, has brought shame to his name, the name of Delta state and the name of the people of Delta Central Senatorial zone, who he represents, with this shameless act of national embarrassment, indiscretion and disgrace.
“The Delta State PDP condemns the actions of the alleged thugs identified as loyalists of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege, for invading the Senate chambers and taking away the mace, the symbol of authority of the Senate, illegally.
“We fully align ourselves with the position of the National Assembly, which has quite appropriately described the action as treason and given the police, DSS and other responsible security agencies, 24 hours to recover stolen mace.
“Nobody is above the law, no matter your position and acts of lawlessness and brigandage such as this, allegedly coming from a man occupying such a hallowed position is shameful and should be condemned by one and all.
“Delta state PDP hereby tenders an unreserved apology, on behalf of the good and law abiding citizens of Delta state, to the distinguished members of the Nigerian Senate and the National Assembly and indeed the entire Nigerian population for this national embarrassment which a Deltan has brought on our dear State.
“This is another clear testimony of the kind of leadership that the All Progressives Congress, APC is giving Nigerians and a dangerous early warning signal of what and how they intend to prosecute the forthcoming 2019 general elections.”
Meanwhile, Senate president, Bukola Saraki, has commended the leadership and all members of the Senate for standing up firmly in defence of democracy and the rule of law with their decision to defy those who machinated an attack on the red chamber.
Saraki, speaking from Washington where he is attending the Spring Meeting of the World Bank/International Monetary Fund (IMF), also lauded the swift reaction by the leadership and members of the House of Representatives in demonstrating their solidarity with their colleagues in the Senate.
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