The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party on Friday condemned the reported invasion of the Abuja residence of the Taraba State Governor, Mr. Darius Ishaku, by police operatives alleged to have been detained by authorities from the Presidency.
The PDP National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, in a statement, described the reported invasion as unlawful, provocative and could not be justified under any guise whatsoever.
The party stated that such alleged assault on a governor’s residence was a direct attack on the nation’s democratic order.
The opposition party added that it must not be swept under the carpet like the alleged previous invasions of residents of some PDP elected officials by the All Progressives Congress-led administration.
The statement read in part, “Our party holds that the invasion of Governor Darius Ishaku’s residence is criminal and in total violation of the spirit of the immunity clause under the 1999 Constitution (as amended); a desecration of the sanctity of the government house and a rude assault on the sensibility of the people of Taraba State and Nigerians in general.
“The PDP invites Nigerians to note that such invasion of the resident of an elected state governor is a direct pointer that our democracy is under attack by anti-democratic forces that seek to subvert the rule of law, foist a siege mentality on the citizenry and ultimately destabilize our nation for their selfish political gains.”
The party called on the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Mohammad Adamu, to immediately fish out those behind the invasion and unravel their intention.
It also urged the police to beef up security around Ishaku and his family members as well as take steps to forestall a repeat of such an attack.
It added, “The PDP, however, charges the governor and all other officials elected on the platform of the party to remain undeterred in their commitment to serving the people despite the intimidations, harassments, and distractions by the APC-led administration.”