The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has demanded the immediate unsealing of local government councils in Rivers State by the Police.
The party described as unconstitutional, reprehensible abuse of power and brazen show of partisanship, the action of the APC-led Federal Government-controlled police in barring caretaker committees appointed by the state government from taking charge of the councils.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement in Abuja on Friday, said the action of the police was an affront to the ruling of the High Court, which on Thursday dissolved the 22 local government councils.
The sacking of the councils made the State Governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike, to appoint caretaker committees to administer them.
Metuh said, “It was curious that the police allowed the dissolution of local government councils and appointment of caretaker committees in APC-controlled Plateau and Kaduna States, even when they were without the orders of the court but elected to clamp down on that of Rivers State, which came as a result of judicial pronouncement.”
He, therefore, charged the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to come out clean on the matter and assure the nation of the non-partisanship of the police by ordering the immediate unsealing of the councils.
Metuh said Nigerians and the international community should note the development which “is yet another clear indication that the Nigerian police may have become a partisan and compromised instrument in the hands of the APC-Federal Government to destabilise PDP-controlled states, particularly Rivers State.”