PDP backtracks, demands probe into National Assembly blockade

The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has demanded full investigation into the incident at the National Assembly, which led to the shutdown of the legislative complex on Thursday.

The party asked the Inspector General of Police, Suleiman Abba, to institute an inquiry to unravel the circumstances and facts surrounding the development within the next 72 hours.

It is the second time the ruling party would react to the chaos that trailed the reconvening of the House of Representatives to consider President Goodluck Jonathan’s request to extend the emergency rule in three North East states – Yobe, Adamawa and Borno — ravaged by insurgent activities.

The party had on Thursday lampooned the Speaker, Aminu Tambuwal and other lawmakers who forced their way into the chamber wondering what would have happened in the absence of security operatives. The party said the police merely carried its constitutional duties of keeping law and order.

Mr. Tambuwal was a PDP member until October 28 when he defected to the All Progressives Congress, APC.

In the latest statement issued on Friday by its spokesperson, Olisa Metuh, the ruling party said the sanctity of the National Assembly as an arm of government and citadel of democracy must be upheld at all times and that the matter should not be shrouded in controversy and accusations.

It said, “Whilst we acknowledge that due to the security challenges in the country, the security agencies are within their constitutional powers to search individuals and ensure that only responsible and duly accredited persons gain entrance into the National Assembly complex, we wish to state in strongest possible terms that we are with President in not condoning any act that might indicate that the police went beyond their bounds in the incident.

“The PDP is known for its unwavering stand in upholding the tenets of democracy. Our stand for justice, fairness, and equity at all times remains undiluted. In the same vein, President Goodluck Jonathan has been very humble and forthright in upholding these principles and rights of citizens. He has instituted free, fair and credible elections and remains unwavering that his ambition does not worth the blood of any Nigerian.

The PDP said it believed that there was no need to shroud the development in controversy, stressing “In this regard, we call for a full investigation to unravel the circumstances surrounding the incident within the next 72 hours. Nigerians deserve to know the truth at all times.”


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  • Wähala

    Ordinarily, it is the House oversight committee that would invite IGP to explain the barbaric actions of his men, but when a school fight involves the Housemaster and the Head Prefect, only the Principal can separate them… but t´na another story entirely if na the Principal encourage the Head Prefect into picking a fight with the Housemaster. Either way, it’s the students who students are left holding their school bags that suffer… Hon. Cheche and Sen. Mark are the two elephants in this case.

  • Robert Johnson

    fdf lying to the people

  • djay

    Useless and irresponsible party led by a dunce.

  • tundemash

    Confused roguish party back-tracking as usual. This is thinking after acting; Dumbo style !

    Can the “Olosi” Metuh explain how the police would have some silly “intelligence” report and not inform the Chairman of both Houses, David Mark, before invading the premises ? Can police invade Aso Rock on some fake “inteligence” report without taking Dumbo into confidence ?
    Abba can do as he wants till Feb. 2015 after which he must go with the PDP he serves.!

  • clairvoyance

    Olodo mental but u said the police did the right thing 24 hours ago na, why the sudden chameleonic change, shebi u guys are now feeling the heat, and u were politically embarrassed when APC thwarted ur planned civilian coup by ur dumbo president who thinks since he is an original 419 he can write to speaker tambuwal lure him to the NASS and get him impeached. APC just got more recognition courtesy of u guys, thanks for been so phoolish.

  • clairvoyance

    How many intelligence report have the police acted on to arrest an ordinary robber not to talk of the so called intelligence on thugs. So speaker tambuwal was the thug u heard Intel was coming and then u wanted to prevent him. I suspect ur boys Boko haram will start planting bombs in the national assembly since ur coup didn’t work as planned so u can close the chamber indefinitely.

  • Dr Pat Kolawole Awosan

    Nigerians should immediately demand for the national assembly members both senators and reps to commence impeachment against president Ebele Jonathan and his police IGP Mbu.This is the worst case scenario under any civilize democracy.Jonathan should be sent back to his creeks where he could rein with lawlessness and impunity.

  • mike

    PDP is a party that acts before it thinks. Hence the need to make a u-turn and eat their vomit. A docile and reactive party that lacks the necessary tink-tank to articulate their affairs and get things done the right way the first time.
    Why were they so fast to defend the police when the right thing to do first of all is to launch an independent investigation into the matter.
    Now if the so called investigation reveals that the presidency and pdp are the guilty party what would their leader say after having expended so much energy to defend the police.
    Anyways, I know the investigation,if any, would be done superficially. They will just go through the motions and then come out with one cock and bull story for Nigerians.
    Let me repeat the question I asked before: how come PDP can no longer rely on their majority in the house of reps to impeach Tambuwal?
    Be warned!!! Change is happening!

  • Dr. Kay

    Awon oloshi radarada, is it now that you are sober that you can now think straight and engage the mayhem with clear head and dignified purpose. You all can see how these chancres had been steering the country along the path of cluelessness, a hit ,miss and retract game of chance. No purpose, no forthright resolve but just kalokalo trial and error,maybe we go get am right attitude and behavior.

  • tsunami1earthquake

    Come on, people should not be deceived. Probes are no longer that painted devil in the eyes of childhood. Yes, a probe can be done but what will be the result of that probe is something else. Does the National Assembly not carry out series and series of probes in Nigeria’s public life? What have been the results of those probes? How many of those probes have even seen the light of day? Nigerians will continue doing abracadabra.

  • eobrat

    Shameful lawbreakers that call themselves lawmakers

  • John Adueme

    PDP is a bane on Nigeria. It has no solution to Nigeria’s existential crises.
    Goodluck Jonathan who leads the party is also bereft of political thought.
    At other times in the past, a military coup would be warranted in Nigeria.

  • Rommel

    The impeachment of president Jonathan should be a priority else the man will wound Nigeria so badly that recovery may become difficult and no one including his kinsmen will be exempted from the calamity,abuse of power such as we are witnessing from the president is usually an evidence of being surrounded by sycophants.

  • Tonnero

    Walahi, these guys can lie. They even keep a straight face while doing so.

  • Aliyu

    in the absence of the so called security men the assembly get would have been opened, you fooooools

  • Onike24

    This Party shoots first and aims later!

    • Otile

      Which Party, and explain. You cannot get away with a hopeless generalization like this without explaining yourself. Try to make some sense.

      • Okemute1

        I know you only have half a brain, you will not have the capacity to understand anything we are discussing here.

        • Otile

          As usual some Yorubas foolishly believe everybody else got half brain, hence they load their comments with insults and bullshit. You will never drag us into accepting Buhari or any other Northerner as our president next year. Enough of Hausa Fulani Yoruba cheating and looting.

          • Salihu Sule Khalid

            And that is where you Igbo guys excel the moment a discusiion kicks off, you would be, this is certain, the group that will begin making references to tribe, region and religion. No one says you should stop, we want you to witness with dismay, what you think is impossible come 2015.

          • Otile

            No amount of rigging will drop off victory on the laps of your Fulani master Imam Buhari. He is a loser.

          • Salihu Sule Khalid

            You know little about what the power of blunder is and in how many and strong ways it can damage one’s chances. The blunder master cardinal rabbi Goodluck Ebele Jonathan has blundered in many ways that success is now blown off rigging. No rigging will be successful.
            The cardinal rabbi will go back to his village, if he is that lucky, come 2015 for he began his life a nonentity so will his life end the loser of a great chance.

  • Scalywag

    This Metu character just got sober? Do they really get to comprehend the damage they’re doing to the nation? The only option left for the House of Representatives is for them to rid us of this rubbish by pursuing the impeachment option to a logical conclusion

  • dave

    A probe to be instituted by the same man who ordered the invasion of the national assembly.This people in PDP think all Nigerians are fools.Only an insane mind will vote PDP back to power.The IG should know that he will be used and be dumped as usual.He should stop acting the script of PDP.

  • Aiyekoto

    This PDP is really confused! Wonder what else they would come up with.

  • charles

    How can the police investigate itself???? Why can’t an independent body be established?? Shameful!!