“The police action is not only alarming but also demonstrates clearly that the force, instead of carrying out its constitutional responsibilities of maintaining peace and order in the society has become no more than the armed wing of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP,” the group said in a published statement.
The Progressive Governors, who are mainly members of the opposition All Progressives Congress, APC, said it was disappointing that a DPO could have the impudence to walk into a meeting of governors just to disrupt it.
The PGF said it condemned the action of the police including the force’s harassment of innocent citizens of the country just as it called for a probe into the PDP/Nigeria Police relations.
“For a DPO to have the impudence to force his way into the meeting of perceived opponents of President Goodluck Jonathan to disrupt a meeting of governors and members of the Senate and House of Representatives that were duly elected by Nigerians, and also threaten them with arrest, can only indicate that the orders must have come from the Presidency.
“But for the police to carry out what is evidently an illegal order reflects a new low in the history of the Nigerian police.”
The governors, popularly called the G-7, were meeting at the Kano State Governor’s Lodge in the Asokoro area of Abuja, Nigeria’s capital, on 3 November when the Divisional Police Officer of Asokoro Police Station, CSP Nnanna Ama, stormed the building asking the governors to stop meeting and threatening to mobilise more officers of the force against them if they refused.
The opposition governors commended the G-7 governors for their resilience and urged the break away faction of the PDP to continue with its fight to rescue Nigeria from the grip of “a tiny clique that has cornered the political space in the country and now regards the rights and commonwealth of Nigerians as disposable in their desperation to continue in office despite growing unrest in the polity occasioned by the PDP’s politics of poverty and exclusion.”
The APC governors further warned Nigerians against voting for the PDP in the next election saying it would spell doom for the people.
“Is the police established and paid to serve all Nigerians or merely to serve the interests of the PDP? If the police have become the armed wing of the PDP, then what differentiates it from the terror tactics of those who seek to violently impose their political beliefs on others?” the governors queried.
The forum, comprising 11 governors, noted that the police had earlier invaded the Adamawa State Governor’s Lodge in Abuja to disrupt a meeting of the governors and that “despite public outcry at the tactics of the police, the law enforcement agents, in clear violation of all rules of civility, still went ahead to disrupt a G-7 caucus meeting at the Kano State Governor’s Lodge on 3 November, 2013, in Asokoro, Abuja.
“The Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, hereby registers its dismay that for the second weekend in a row, officers of the Nigeria Police illegally stormed and disrupted a meeting by seven governors and other Nigerians going about their constitutionally guaranteed rights of association.
“If the Nigeria Police has not become the armed wing of the PDP, why should the Divisional Police Officer in charge of the Asokoro Police Unit, CSP Nnanna Ama, burst into the venue and order the meeting stopped, threatening to mobilize troops to abort it if his order was not obeyed?
The Progressive Governors Forum, PGF, has described the police as the armed wing of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, following the disruption of the meeting of seven aggrieved PDP governors by the police in Abuja at the weekend.
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