The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has called for the prosecution of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and other persons linked to the snatching of the Senate mace during Wednesday’s plenary.
The call formed part of the resolutions reached at PDP’s emergency National Executive Meeting held on Thursday.
Recall that the thugs invaded the Senate chamber on Wednesday and carted away the mace, which the FCT police later found at a bridge near the Abuja City Gate.
The call from the PDP comes after a High Court of the Federal Capital Territory (FCT) in Maitama, Abuja ordered the police and the Department of State Security Service (DSS) to desist from arresting Senator Omo-Agege over Wednesday’s disruption of the plenary in the Senate.
The party in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Mr. Kola Ologbondiyan, also repeated its condemnation of President Muhammadu Buhari’s description of Nigerian youths as lazy.
The statement read in part: “The PDP NEC urges all Nigerians to, in unison, condemn the assault on the National Assembly, particularly the Senate, leading to the seizure of the mace and disruption of proceedings in the highest lawmaking chamber in the land.
“The NEC declares that the invasion is a direct attack on the sovereignty of Nigeria and her integrity as a democratic nation. The NEC calls for immediate prosecution of Senator Ovie Omo-Agege and all those involved in this treasonable act.
“It further demanded for a system-wide inquest, particularly on the compromised security at the National Assembly and held that the matter be expeditiously dealt with.
“The meeting notes the scheduled visit of President Muhammadu Buhari scheduled to the home of democracy, the United States of America, whereas back home, his administration is annihilating, harassing and strangulating opposition voices, even within his own party.
“In the same vein, the NEC also strongly condemns the branding of Nigerian youths as lazy, by President Muhammadu Buhari as a direct injury on the sensibility of our youths who are known worldwide to be hardworking.
“The PDP eaffirms its belief and confidence in Nigerian youths and boldly announces to the world that our youths are resourceful and agile”.
Ologbondiyan further revealed that the main opposition is open to forming coalition with political groups with whom it shares similar ideology. This is even as the party will soon form a shadow cabinet as done in the British parliament.
“The PDP doors remain widely open to all Nigerians, groups and like-minded political parties to foster a strong rallying point for the determined quest by Nigerians to rescue the nation from the misrule of the APC and enthrone good governance in our country.
“That the PDP leads a strong conversation and discussion towards a formal coalition of democratic forces to guarantee Nigerians the much desired all-inclusive platform ahead of 2019 general elections”, the statement further read.