The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has expressed worry that the Federal Government and the Police are yet to provide answers and come clean on the unlawful invasion of the residence of Taraba State Governor Darius Dickson Ishaku in violation of his constitutional immunity.
The questions being asked, as enumerated in a press conference addressed by the party’s Director of Communications, Mr Kola Ologbondiyan, in Abuja on Tuesday, June 25, are as follows:
(1) Who ordered the unlawful invasion of the residence of a sitting state governor in violation of his constitutional immunity?
(2) Under what powers was the invasion ordered and what was the real motive?
(3) What is the response of the Federal Government and the Police in guaranteeing the safety of Governor Darius Ishaku and his family members?
(4) Who is in custody of the valuables carted away from the residence by the invading operatives?
(5) Who takes responsibility for the damage caused to the residence of the Governor?
According to Nigeria’s main opposition political party, “until these questions are answered, the PDP and the people of Taraba state will continue to hold the APC and the Federal Government responsible for the invasion or should any harm suddenly befalls Governor Darius Ishaku, members of his family, officials of his government or officials of our party in Taraba state”.
The Text Of Press Conference On The Position Of The PDP On The Unfolding Events Related To The Illegal Invasion And Violent Attack On The Residence Of The Executive Governor Of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Dickson Ishaku, By Police Operatives
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has been following with keen interest the unfolding events relating to the illegal invasion and violent attack on the residence of the Executive Governor of Taraba State, Arc. Darius Ishaku, by Police operatives, who claimed to have been detailed by Presidential authorities.
Nigerians can recall that at the wake of the attack, on June 11, 2019, allegedly led by one Police DSP Edwin Oruakpa, the PDP charged the Inspector General of Police, Adamu Mohammed, to immediately get to the root of the matter, expose the actual forces behind the invasion and their real intentions, as well as to bring all the culprits to book publicly.
The PDP however states in clear terms that it is not satisfied with the manner with which the Federal Government is handling the issue. Already the poor handling of the matter is now sparking off suspicions of a creepy ploy to suppress facts and divert public attention from the questions surrounding the unlawful assault.
That invasion, as you all are aware, is in direct violation of the Governor’s immunity under the provisions of the 1999 Constitution (as amended), prompting many Nigerians to point to no other motive other than a deliberate and calculated attempt to intimidate and hurt the person of the Governor of Taraba state, Arc. Ishaku.
This is especially as the invading operatives had ferociously stormed the residence, threatened the occupants with AK 47 rifles, violently broke the entrance doors, manhandled the governor’s son and carted away valuables belonging to the governor and his son, after finding nothing incriminating in the residence.
The poor handling of the matter is already heightening apprehensions in the public space that the invasion was primarily designed to setup, frame, incriminate and smear the image and popularity of the Governor of Taraba state; as part of the larger plot to harass, hassle, intimidate, persecute and distract PDP elected officers and bring them to public opprobrium.
There are already fears that the invading operatives may have planted incriminating items or even compromised the security architecture of the residence to facilitate a sinister plot.
The PDP is therefore worried that the Federal Government and the Police are yet to provide answers and come clean on this matter.
The questions are: who ordered the unlawful invasion of the residence of a sitting state governor in violation of his constitutional immunity? Under what powers was the invasion ordered and what was the real motive?
Furthermore, what is the response of the Federal Government and the Police in guaranteeing the safety of Governor Darius Ishaku and his family members? Who is in custody of the valuables carted away from the residence by the invading operatives? Who takes responsibility for the damage caused to the residence of the Governor?
Until these questions are answered, the PDP and the people of Taraba state will continue to hold the APC and the Federal Government responsible for the invasion or should any harm suddenly befalls Governor Darius Ishaku, members of his family, officials of his government or officials of our party in Taraba state.
Nigerians across the board are all aware of the schemes by the APC to drag down Governor Darius Ishaku before and during the last governorship elections but for the overwhelming popularity he enjoys among his people due to his unprecedented achievements and developmental projects that touch directly on the wellbeing of the people of the state.
For emphasis, the people of Taraba state have elected Governor Ishaku as their governor and they stand solidly behind him. The APC and its agents should therefore allow him to continue in his good works in the state.
Moreover, instead of this fixation on Governor Ishaku, the federal authorities should direct its energies in finding solution to the security challenges and persistent bloodletting ravaging Taraba and other states of the federation.
The APC administration should end its wild goose chase on PDP elected officials and focus its energy on confronting and routing the marauders, invaders, bandits and kidnappers who have been pillaging our citizens.
Furthermore, now that nothing incriminating have been found in Governor Ishaku’s residence, can the federal authorities also proceed to search the residents of APC leaders, who have been accused of stashing stolen money in their houses as well as secret bank accounts within and outside Nigeria?
Can they also proceed to invite or search the residences of members of the cabal at the Presidency as well as former ministers in the Buhari’s administration, who as state governors have allegations of stealing public funds still hanging on their necks?
The PDP invites Nigerians to note that despite series of corruption allegations against the APC National Chairman, Adams Oshiomhole, while serving as the Governor of Edo state; he has not been invited for questioning by the police, neither has his residence been searched by any security agency.
Besides, the Federal authorities has taken no steps to search any property belonging to an APC governor of one of the states of the North Central, who was accused of smuggling in and stockpiling military equipment ahead of the 2019 general elections.
Our party, therefore, urges the security agencies to note that their allegiance must stand with the law and the people of Nigeria. They should therefore resist attempts by the APC and its agents to use them for its selfish agenda as in the case of the invasion of the residence of Governor Darius Ishaku.
Let it be known that the PDP and, of course, the people of Nigeria solidly stand with Governor Ishaku and all our elected officers as they operate above board in their commitment towards the welfare of Nigerians.
Our assurance is that our elected officers at all levels will never be intimidated or cowed to relent in their commitment to the people of Nigeria in line with the manifesto and ideology of our great party.aa