Leaders of the People Democratic Party and members in the National Assembly on Friday stormed the United States Embassy and the United Kingdom High Commission in Abuja to protest against the security challenges facing the country as well as the January 14 judgment of the Supreme Court sacking Emeka Ihedioha as Imo State governor.
The Supreme Court declared the candidate of the All Progressive Congress for last year’s governorship poll, Hope Uzodinma, as the rightful winner of the election. The PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus submitted their petition to the two embassies. Secondus told reporters after submitting the petition that Buhari must resign because of his government’s inability to protect the citizens, alleging that his regime had lost control of the country’s security.
He claimed Nigeria had the highest number of internally displaced persons in Africa. Secondus said, ’there is a need for the international community to come to the assistance of our dear country because Nigeria is a member of the comity of nations. Nigeria is not an island. It is a member of the United Nations. When things go wrong, the international community can come to advise; that is why we are here.
The contents of our petition are for the international community to come to the aid of Nigeria and to advise our government to obey the rule of law, especially as it relates to the National Assembly and the judiciary. Over the past few weeks, we have passed through very difficult and challenging times. The case in question is Imo State. We have submitted our petition. We have addressed a press conference.
As we speak, Mr President has lost control of security. Our nation is in danger. We are in pain and we are in trouble. As a party, we cannot keep our hands crossed and be waiting for the propaganda of the Presidency. This country belongs to all Nigerians. Today we backed our Senate Minority Leader (Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe) asking and demanding that Buhari should resign because he has lost control absolutely. It is not the time for propaganda and it is nit time for the Presidency to respond to issues that are very sensitive and germane to the foundation of our country.
The issues are that our people are dying and are in hunger. You cannot travel from Abuja to Kaduna, you cannot go to Minna, and you cannot go on the road. The PDP in their letters of a protest titled, ‘Perversion of justice: Deliberate efforts at truncating democracy in Nigeria’, to the US Ambassador, Mary Leonard, and the UK High Commissioner, alleged that there was a miscarriage of justice in the Supreme Court judgment.
The party also alleged that the executive arm and the ruling APC had been influencing the outcomes of election petitions in various courts. The party said, on January 14, 2020, Supreme Court led by the Chief Justice of Nigeria, Justice Muhammad Tanko, in a most bizarre judgment and against the dictates of all laws and judicial practice, overturned the Imo State governorship election clearly won by Emeka Ihedioha/PDP, who had been sworn in, and handed the state over to the APC and its candidate, Hope Uzodinma.
It is instructive to inform you that this perversion of justice has already sparked protests in various parts of our country and has become a clear threat to peace, unity and stability of our nation and the survival of our democracy.
The PDP called on the US and UK to take more than a passing glance to this serious issue in order to avoid an imminent breakdown of law and order.