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PDP, APP, Atiku want probe of attack on N/Assembly

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the Action Peoples Party (APP) and former ‎Vice President Atiku Abubakar have condemned the invasion of the National Assembly and seizure of the Senate Mace by hoodlums and called for immediate probe and prosecution of culprits. 

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‎The PDP in a statement yesterday by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan blamed APC for the attack, saying the trend was dangerous for democracy. 

"We note that this offensive has been emboldened by series of interferences and direct attacks by the All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Buhari Presidency on the institution of the National Assembly, particularly the Senate."

"The APC has foisted on our nation an irredeemable autocracy, which has in three years of governance, gone beyond limits to force Nigerians to accept a government that has no respect for freedom and the ideals of democracy, particularly the constitutional separation of powers."

"Is it not strange that a legislative day appointed to further deliberate on the re-ordering of sequence of election will be the day that strange elements would invade the National Assembly, particularly, the hallowed chambers of the Senate,  to disrupt legislative proceeding and seize the mace?

"Equally strange is the compromising of security in the National Assembly paving the way for the invasion," the PDP said.

Similarly, the Action Peoples Party (APP) in a statement by its National Chairman, Barr. Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere said "The complicity of the Police in allowing the invaders free entry and exit into the National Assembly premises despite the usual tight security is a clear indication of the involvement of the out-going Presidency in its serial violation of our national laws and democratic institutions. 

"We once again call on the National Assembly to commence impeachment proceedings of President Muhammadu Buhari so as to preserve our democracy and nationhood."

Reacting to the incident in Abuja, yesterday, former Vice President Atiku Abubakar in a statement through his Media Office described the attack as an assault on Nigeria’s democracy by anti-democratic elements.

"I am utterly embarrassed, shocked and outraged by this ugly development because it is not only a threat to a major democratic institution, but also represents a grave danger to the survival of our democracy."

"If criminals could commit such security breach with impunity, it means that our entire democracy is in danger."

"It is unacceptable and reprehensible to subject the National Assembly to this intimidation and humiliation. This attack by thugs should not go unpunished no matter who is involved," he said.

The ex-VP noted that it was inconceivable hoodlums could force their way into the Senate chamber and take away the Mace.

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