Olamilekan Andu, Lagos
image Leaders of the ACN during their recent National Convention
THE Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN) has raised an alarm over plans by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to instigate chaos and instability in Ekiti State.
ACN said the plan is to justify the action being spearheaded by a PDP leader in the Southwest to force the Federal Government to impose a state of emergency in the state.
In a statement Wednesday in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the ACN said the plan involves using the council dissolution as a pretext to foment trouble.
ACN said: “In fact, we learnt that the PDP top gun, who is behind the devilish plans, has urged the PDP council officials who were lawfully sacked by the state government to return to their posts, hoping this would help trigger enough trouble that he will now use as an excuse to prevail on the President to impose a state of emergency on the state.”
The party warned that whoever attempts to cause chaos must be ready to impose a state of emergency on all of Nigeria.
It said: “Ekiti, under the rule of the ACN, has never been more peaceful. Any attempt to foment trouble, therefore, will be resisted by the peace-loving but courageous and indefatigable people of the state. I
f the government has not deemed it fit to slam emergency rule on states like Bayelsa, Akwa Ibom and Abia, where militancy and kidnapping are thriving; or states like Ogun and Oyo, which have become hotbeds of political thuggery, why would anyone even brood such for a peaceful state like Ekiti?
“The only answer we can find right now is that the PDP is trying to get through the back door what it has failed to secure through the front door.”
ACN said if anyone or group feels that any law has been broken with the council dissolution and the appointment of caretaker committees, he should go to court rather than take to the streets.
"For over three years, we were in court in Ekiti and Osun states, seeking to use legal means to get back our mandates that were stolen by the PDP. All through those years, we never caused any trouble, even for the illegitimate governments in place. This is how to grow democracy," it said.
ACN criticised the PDP lawmakers in Ekiti, who boycotted a session at which the governor’s lawful action was ratified by the House of Assembly.
The party said the governor followed the law to dissolve the councils and put in place the caretaker committees.
It said: "The decision by the PDP members of the Ekiti House of Assembly to boycott that sitting is in line with what the PDP has been doing in Edo State, where lawmakers have been boycotting Assembly sessions for the past six months, hoping this would grind the machinery of state.
"That is how the ACN has been growing our nation’s democracy. For example, our party is outnumbered in Osun State House of Assembly, but we have always ensured that we have our say, even if we can’t have our way. Ditto for the National Assembly and in many other states.”
The government and the police command yesterday urged the residents to go about their businesses without fear or intimidation.
They warned those who plan to cause a breach of the peace to bury the thought or face the wrath of the law.
The government was reacting to threats by the PDP to cause mayhem at the 16 local government secretariats today.
In a statement by the Special Assistant to the Governor on Speech Writing and Public Communication, Mr Wole Olujobi, the Secretary to the State Government (SSG), Alhaji Gani Owolabi, urged the new council chairmen not to use force to retrieve government property from the ousted officials, even in the face of provocation.
The Police Command, through its Public Relations Officer (PPRO), Muhammed Jimoh, said the command has intelligence report on the activities of some elements who want to destabilise the state.
He assured the public of safety and urged the residents to report suspicious moves to law enforcement agents.
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Tosin Jegede on 18/11/2010 03:15:18