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CNPP carpets Jonathan over Police Invasion of Secretariat of New PDP


Bamanga Tukur, PDP factional chairman

The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties CNPP has called on President Goodluck Jonathan, to as a matter of urgent national importance, order the Inspector General of  Police IGP Abubakar Mohammed, to re open the Alhaji Kawu Baraje led secretariat of the New Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

Reacting to the closure of the secretariat sunday,via its publicity secretary, Mr Osita Okechukwu, CNPP said, “we are predicting this call on the constitutional and patriotic mandate of Mr President  to at all times protect, and defend the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria as amended. Hence to rule according to the provisions of the said constitution, which guarantees freedom of association, security and welfare of the citizenry”.

“We are yet to locate where the New PDP violated the rule of law nor infringed on the rights of the Old PDP; rather what we locate and can single out is the demand of the former for the practice of the best tenets of internal democracy, devoid of culture of impunity, marginalisation and exclusive posture of the Alhaji Bamanga Tukur Old PDP executive.”

According to the body, “It is high time we do away with Do-or-Die politics and embrace politics without bitterness’.

It however,  expressed worried over the arbitrary use of the Nigeria Police Force or any arms of the security agencies to settle political scores especially  as the nation approaches the 2015 general elections.

CNPP added that” whether court order or not. Today it is the New PDP, who knows the next victim; therefore Mr President must at all times supervise the security agencies, less they may out of overzealousness, infringe on the freedom and inalienable rights of citizens to associate, as is the case in this instance”.

“The group has every right to remain in the Old PDP or not, we need a strong PDP and a strong APC in order to graduate Nigerian democracy to the ideal of all liberal democracies, where two dominant political parties prevail and provide viable and credible alternatives to the electorate” it stated

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