- PDP has reacted to the order instructing the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to provide security for the 17 Edo lawmakers
- The opposition party called on the police boss to disregard the security order, describing it as a thoughtless unconstitutionality
- The minister of justice and attorney general of the federation in a letter ordered the IGP to provide security for the 17 Edo APC lawmakers
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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called on the Inspector-General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu to disregard the security directive by the Attorney General of the Federation (AGF), Abubakar Malami.
The opposition disclosed this on Saturday, August 8, in a series of tweets via its official Twitter handle in reaction to Malami's intervention in the crisis rocking the Edo House of Assembly.
PDP tweeted: "Our party therefore charges the Inspector General of to disregard this misguided partisan directive by the Attorney General as well as ensure that the Police is not entangled in such a partisan agenda against the people of Edo state."
Recall that Malami in a letter dated Wednesday, August 5, ordered the police boss to provide security for the 17 Edo All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the House.
The AGF stated that the security measure was necessary to prevent the breakdown of law and order.
The PDP, however, noted that the directive by Malami, to provide security for the members-elect of the House of Assembly, is a thoughtless unconstitutionality, and to that effect, null and void.
Speaking further, the opposition explained that no part of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) empowers Malami to take such actions.
"The PDP wants to make it abundantly clear to Malami and APC that he does not possess the powers of a competent court and as such, cannot, by any stroke of imagination, make any judicial declaration whatsoever on a matter that is before a court of competent jurisdiction.
Furthermore, our party insists that there is no provision in section 90, 91, 101 and 104 of the 1999 Constitution (as amended) or any other provision of the constitution for that matter, empowers him to do so," the party tweeted.
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The party urged Nigerians particularly residents of Edo state to reject the AGF's directive which is directly responsible for the attempt to topple democratic order and the Edo state House of Assembly.
PDP insisted that Malami should be held responsible should there be any violence before, during and after the Edo state governorship election arising from the contents of his ill-advised letter.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that a day after some policemen took over the state House of Assembly, its speaker, Victor Edoror, has ordered the closure of all accounts of the legislative body.
Edoror, who is the new speaker of the House, gave the order at his first sitting in Benin City, the state capital, on Friday, August 7.
Giving the directive on Friday, Edoror made it plain that the House will not tolerate any interference from the executive arm of the state government.
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