Former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar has urged the police to stay off partisan politics.
A statement by his media office yesterday urged the Inspector-General of Police Mohammed Abubakar to order his men to vacate the secretariat of the new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP.
He said the police invasion of the party’s office has no justification in law, but was rather borne out of political control.
The statement reads: “While it is embarrassing that the police have yet to give a reason why they are laying siege to a political party office, the whole world knows these are acts prompted by unscrupulous politicians who do not even have the moral conscience not to involve the police in politics.
“This goes to the root of the current crisis within the PDP. What does it say to our citizens, who live daily with the fear of violence and kidnappings, that our police priority is raiding a political party office.
“I call on the leadership of the Nigerian Police, especially its Inspector General, to steer clear of political entanglements and immediately vacate our party offices. Our national law enforcement priority must be the safety and security of Nigerians, not politics.
“A politically partisan police force sets a dangerous precedent, as they will be entrusted to supervise free and fair elections in the future.”
The Chairman of the Governing Council/Pro-Chancellor, Federal University of Technology, Owerri (FUTO), Dr. Emmanuel Enemuo, urged former Vice- President Atiku Abubakar and the seven governors loyal to the new Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to quit.
Enemuo, who spoke to reporters in Abuja yesterday, said the position of the ‘New PDP’ that PDP National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur must be removed for peace to reign was undemocratic.
He said: “My own take on the matter is this: if they no longer want to be in PDP, let them go, form their own party and meet PDP at the polling ground. If they want to pick their presidential candidate, let them go and nominate him and let him come for the general election.”
He said the bid to oust Tukur was aimed at checkmating President Goodluck Jonathan’s 2015 bid.
Enemuo said: “They are now telling Jonathan that ‘look, you remove Tukur and we’re still with you’. The target is Jonathan himself. I know that. The target is the presidential ticket of PDP. If Jonathan decides to run-and I hope he decides to run because he is one of the best things to have happened to this country- none of them has a chance.”
The PDP chieftain in Anambra State said Tukur was not a dictator.
“Before he assumed office, what happened in PDP was that the National Chairman would have his own candidate, National Secretary his own, and so on. But now, everything has been reduced to level-playing field. They don’t like it.”
On the ongoing university teachers strike, he urged the Academic Staff Union off Universities (ASUU) to call off the strike.