The Kwara State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has berated the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the State for supporting the act of impunity and lawlessness being perpetrated by the leadership of the State House of Assembly, with its refusal to swear in Hon. Raheem Agboola as ordered by the Court.
The PDP said the continued violation of a valid court order by Speaker Yakubu Danladi has shown that he and his party, APC, have no regard for constituted authority and laws of the land, stressing that “their shameful action amounts to recklessness, abuse of power and disrespect for the judiciary and the country’s constitution.”
In a statement issued on Sunday by its State Publicity Secretary, Tunde Ashaolu, the PDP said the leadership of the House has no valid justification for refusing to admit and inaugurate Agboola, who has since been affirmed by the Court as the duly elected representative of Ilorin South State Constituency.
“The Kwara PDP holds that the Speaker of the State House of Assembly has no valid justification and power not to recognise and swear in our candidate, Hon. Abdulraheem Agboola, who has been declared winner of the election by the Court of Appeal.
“We note that the excuse given by the APC that there is a pre-election matter currently before the Supreme Court, is utterly false and a figment of its imagination, as no such litigation exists. And do we also need to remind the APC that the Court of Appeal is the final arbiter for matters regarding legislative elections in the country?,” the statement reads in part.
Contrary to the claim by the APC, the Kwara PDP said it has no plan to and will never orchestrate violence and disturb the peace of the State on account of the refusal of the Assembly leadership to inaugurate Agboola.
It said: “As a peaceful, responsible and law abiding party, we will never resort to violence to drive our demands. We have always embraced due process to express our disaffection and will continue to do so, including approaching the Court.
“The APC and the State Government should however note that individuals, groups and civil society organisations have the right to engage in any lawful means to press home their demands and stand against any machination by the government to subvert their will and undermine our democracy.”
The Kwara PDP counsels the leadership of the Kwara State House of Assembly and the APC to note that Kwara is a State governed by rules and laws. Therefore, all political actors must obey court orders. Kwarans will not allow the APC to use its selfish interest to jeopardise our democracy.
State Publicity Secretary, Kwara PDP