The Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum has said the handcuffing of the National Publicity Secretary of their party, Olisa Metuh, is not justifiable by any standard.
The PDP Governors’ Forum said the action was meant to deride not only Metuh, but the PDP as well as cast the party in bad light before Nigerians as a party of corrupt individuals even when they were yet to be convicted by any competent court.
In a statement on Thursday in Abuja, Osaro Onaiwu, coordinator of the forum, the governors said the APC regime was yet to learn from history, and wondered why the anti corruption agency would subject itself to the manipulations of the APC led Federal Government.
“The only reasonable conclusion we have reached is that the anti-corruption agencies and other institutions of state have allowed themselves to be dictated to by a single vindictive authority which takes pleasure in using power anyhow and in anyway in gross abuse of the constitution, African Charter on Human and Peoples’ Rights and human liberty.
“The cuffing of the National Publicity Secretary of the PDP exemplifies a terrible decay of power by the APC regime which sees itself bigger than the democratic state, Nigeria, which brought it to power.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Forum is not against the anti-corruption mantra of the present regime of President Muhammadu Buhari, but we insist it must be within the ambit of our constitution and appropriate laws.
“Any other means is a descent into fascism with its attendant consequences in the long run,” the statement reads.
Osaro further observed that Section 34 (1) of the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999, as amended, frowns at all forms of degradation of man particularly inhuman or degrading punishment and treatment, of which Metuh was subjected to.
The Governors called on security and anti-graft agencies to be mindful of how they take instructions from political office holders as the tide of power was constantly moving, as the APC will not be in power forever.
They also urged civil society to resist such ultra-constitutional actions before Nigeria becomes the private estate of the APC.
Metuh was handcuffed to court yesterday following his arraignment on issues bothering on N400m he allegedly got from the office of the National Security Adviser.
He was also brought to court Thursday morning on charges of wilfully destroying his statement he voluntarily made to EFCC.