No immunity for Government Houses, says APC
THE All Progressives Congress (APC) in Ekiti State has reacted to newspapers advertorials by Governor Ayodele Fayose of Ekiti State, calling President Muhammadu Buhari a dictator that violated the nation’s law of immunity by allegedly sending DSS operatives to search the Akwa Ibom State House.
The party said the operatives had not violated the nation’s law by moving against illegal arms dump large enough to illegally topple a democratically elected government.
The APC Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement that the DSS operatives acted in the nation’s interest to check what would have been a threat to national stability and reversal of fortunes for the nation’s economy.
Reminding Fayose and his media handlers that the law allows secret service operatives to strike at any part of Nigeria under security threat to maintain peace, Olatunbosun said: “Let us educate Fayose that a Government House is not the same as foreign embassies or missions that enjoy physical immunity from security activities by local armed forces.
While a governor enjoys immunity from physical and body security search, the same cannot be said of the Government House because no law in the nation’s constitution says the Government House should be a breeding ground for insurrection and insurgency where state enemies can assemble arms to topple a legitimate government and we suspect Fayose as an accomplice in the arms stockpiling saga in the Akwa Ibom Government House, otherwise there is no reason for him to be edgy and agitated in his response.
He berated the governor for trying to whip public sentiment against DSS operatives that performed their legitimate duty to secure the country, saying no amount of blackmail would stop security agents to perform their legal duties against violent and corrupt governors, He alleged that, “Fayose is the most corrupt governor in Nigeria and he is the most ruthless against members of the opposition. We know why Fayose is blackmailing DSS in this matter.
Ekiti Government House is home to thugs and criminal elements armed to the teeth that the governor has been using against the opposition.
They were used on massive scale during the last elections to attack the opponents. As we speak, they are still lodged in the Government House where they take off at nights to rob and kidnap innocent Ekiti people.
We never had this kind of experience for four years of Governor Kayode Fayemi until Fayose started his campaign with importation of criminals that have been stalking the state residents. “We call on DSS to be alert to its responsibilities of maintaining internal cohesion and security integrity across the country and should comb everywhere, including the Aso Rock if need be, to ensure that no man in authority constitutes himself as a security risk to the nation’s unity,” he said.
Urging Ekiti people to be wary of Fayose’s inciting statements to set them against the Federal Government, Olatunbosun said: “Our party urges Ekiti people not to fall for Fayose’s attempt to use them as cannon fodder to preserve his illegal activities in government.
Fayose has kept all his children out of danger in Nigeria and kept them safely abroad while he incites and distributes weapons to the children of the poor to fight to defend his illegalities.
Fayose cannot survive in a society where the law works, that is why he keeps armed criminals permanently in the Government House for use to keep himself in power without opposition. “The Akwa Ibom example has put the governor on edge and so he is trying whatever he can to discredit the DSS and pre-empt the security agency from interrogating his illegal activities of keeping criminals and arms in the Government House.”