The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Tambuwal, has reacted to the withdrawal of his security detail following his recent defection to the opposition party, All Progressive Congressive(APC).
Premium Times reports that Hon Tambuwal in a statement by the speaker’s media aide, Imam Imam on Thursday reacted to the explanation given by the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba over the withdrawal of his security detail saying:
“The implication of the inspector general of police’s statement is that as sanction for this alleged constitutional breach, he has removed Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal from office of Speaker House of Representatives”.
“As the number four citizen in the hierarchy of protocol in the country, the Speaker is entitled to security protection by the security agencies, therefore we see the action of the Acting Inspector General of Police as not only contempt of the courts but a ploy to bring harm to the person of Rt. Hon Aminu Waziri Tambuwal” .
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“It is a brazen act of crass impunity, gross constitutional breach and contempt of court. The Inspector General should desist from assuming or usurping the constitutional functions of the Judiciary” .
“We have faith and confidence in our judiciary and are persuaded that it cannot by stampeded into administering injustice,” the statement said.
Meanwhile the police in a statement by its spokesperson, Emmanuel Ojukwu, on Thursday gave its reasons for the withdrawal saying:
“In view of the recent defection by the Right Honourable Aminu Waziri Tambuwal, CFR, the Speaker of the House of Representatives of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, from the People Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressive Congress (APC), and having regard to the clear provision of section 68(1)(g) of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended, the Nigeria Police Force (NPF) has redeployed its personnel attached to his office.”
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has since condemned the Federal Government action in withdrawing Tambuwal's security details.
“This unfortunate use and deployment of Nigeria’s security forces in a partisan and political way portends danger and further weakens important institutions of governance and jeopardizes national security. Under President Jonathan, we now have a Police Force that is monitoring and making conclusions with respect to party membership, qualification, of an otherwise elected official. This is unheard of in any decent democracy".
On October 28, Speaker of the House of Representatives, Aminu Waziri Tambuwal formally declared his defection from the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the All Progressives Congress (APC).