- Kabiru Tanimu Turaki says the siege on the home of Saraki and Ekweremadu could endanger Nigeria's democracy
- Turaki welcomes the mass defectors from the APC to the PDP
- The presidential hopeful says the defection that happened at the National Assembly is beauty for democracy
- Ahmed Makarfi also condemns the alleged siege on the homes of the two top legislators
Kabiru Tanimu Turaki, a Senior Advocate of Nigera (SAN) and presidential hopeful on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), has heavily criticized the reported siege on the homes of Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu.
In a statement by Sola Atere, the director of media and publicity of his campaign organization, Turaki also welcomed those who defected from the National Assembly on Tuesday, July 24 to the PDP.
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He noted that the defection gives the PDP a clear majority at the Senate.
The statement further said Turaki, who described the development as the beauty of democracy, heartily welcomed the senators back to their ‘natural home’.
According to him, the return of the lawmakers to PDP will further strengthen the resolve of the party to rescue Nigerians from what he called an era of nepotistic by the APC and its government.
He also noted that there is poverty, insecurity, killings and economic str*ngulation in the country.
He believes that the siege on the homes of the two top legislators was meant to put them under house arrest illegally by security agents.
“This is clearly a dangerous attempt to truncate Nigeria’s democracy,” he said.
On his part, Ahmed Mohammed Makarfi, a former chairman of PDP, described the siege as “dangerous, primitive and one that constitutes a very serious threat to democracy in our country.
“It is a clear breach of one of the fundamental tenets of presidential democracy, which provides for separation of powers.
“It also constitutes a serious abuse of the fundamental human rights of the targeted individuals, both the presiding officers and the defectors respectively, because the right to associate is inalienable.
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“Sadder still, is the fact that this impunity and crass disrespect to legality and constitutionality are being perpetrated under a government that is itself a beneficiary of respect for the rule of law by the then PDP government.
“That the nation’s parliamentarians and their leadership could brazenly be treated like criminals under a democratic setting simply because of political differences is truly an unsettling descent into wanton abuse of power by those sworn to ‘preserve, protect and defend the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria’.
“This descent into the abyss must be halted and reversed.”
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) warned against any action from Nigeria’s security agencies that could be seen as injurious to the country’s democracy.
It spoke in reaction to the siege on the homes of Bukola Saraki and Ike Ekweremadu, the president of the Senate and his deputy, respectively.
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