The Peoples Democratic Party has demanded the immediate and unconditional release of spokesperson for the Coalition of United Political Parties, Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, by the police allegedly on the orders of Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila.
The party decried the arrest of the CUPP spokesperson in defiance of a subsisting court order barring such as a direct affront to the judiciary, an assault on Nigeria’s democratic practice and a violation of Ugochinyere’s rights as guaranteed by the 1999 constitution (as amended).
In a statement signed by spokesperson for the PDap, the party said, “In demanding his release, our party is deeply worried by reports that the CUPP spokesperson is being detained under very dehumanizing condition where he is also allegedly being tortured.
“The PDP insists that, without prejudice to the issues between the leadership of the House of Representatives and the CUPP, for which the two parties were before a court, resorting to using the police to arrest and detain the CUPP spokesperson, in defiance of the orders of the court, is completely unacceptable, unlawful and cannot be justified under any guise whatsoever.
“Our party charges the presiding officers of the APC-led House of Representatives to note that Nigeria is a democratic state, governed by law which creates no space for the whims and caprices of dictatorial, oppressive and vindictive individuals, who has no regard for rules.
“The APC leaders in the House of Representatives should therefore respect the sanctity of the judiciary and the provisions of the law by following due process in dealing with issues, particularly those guaranteed by the constitution.
“The PDP therefore calls on the Inspector-General of Police to wade into the matter, insulate the police from the political manipulation of the APC leadership, by immediately ordering the release of the CUPP spokesperson in keeping with the demands of the tenets of democracy, rule of law and provision of 1999 constitution.”
Saharareporters, New York