The People’s Democratic Party (PDP) has said that the Presidency and the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are confused based on the their reactions to the blockade of the National Assembly complex by operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS) on Tuesday.
The PDP also said the two institutions are burdened by guilt, following the barrage of national and international indignation that greeted incident.
In a statement on Wednesday by the spokesman of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, the party said with the “failure” of the Presidency and the APC to sway the public with the sack of the Director General of the DSS, Lawal Daura, they have become “schizophrenic” in their bid to politicise the invasion, while further exposing their culpability in the sordid act.
In its latest reaction to the invasion, the leadership of the APC had accused the President of the Senate, Dr. Bukola Saraki of instigating security issues at the National Assembly.
The Presidency had, in a swift reaction shortly after the invasion, sacked the DG, DSS, Lawal Daura with immediate effect.
Describing the APC’s accusation as jaundiced, the opposition party said the ruling party’s penchant for deceit knew no bounds.
The statement said, “How can the APC accuse Senate President Saraki of causing security concerns by ‘reconvening’ the National Assembly, when it is public knowledge that the National Assembly has not been reconvened despite the pressure by the factional National Chairman of the APC, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole, the Special Adviser to the Presidential on National Assembly Matters, Senator Ita Enang and Senator Ahmed Lawan on the leadership of the Senate to reconvene?
“Is it not revealing that the APC, in alleging that the Senate President ‘reconvened’ the Senate as a pre-emptive move to frustrate federal lawmakers’ move to impeach him, unwittingly exposed their plot to cause violence and illegally take over the Senate?
“The APC, in its statement, has finally vindicated our position regarding its plans to stampede the Senate President to reopen the National Assembly wherein it will unleash thugs and security agencies to trigger violence, overwhelm the legislature and forcefully take over the leadership of the Senate.
“Nigerians are now clear on the fact that the invasion was carefully planned by the APC and the Presidency and that they would have succeeded but for the resistance mounted by our lawmakers, Nigerians and the media, who stood in defense of democracy.
“We invite Nigerians to note that in its attempt to politicize the invasion and provide cover for the culprits in the Presidency and the APC, the APC has ended up exposing their sinister plots and culpability.
“The PDP therefore insists on an independent panel of enquiry to be headed by a retired Chief Justice of Nigeria to investigate the remote and immediate cause of the assault while all culprits, no matter how highly placed, must be made to face the wrath of the law”.