By David Ejiohuo, PH Airport
Is Adams Oshiomhole, the infant terrible of labour, the former governor of Edo State, and now national chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), a promoter or threat to Nigeria’s democracy? A member of the Federal House of Representatives, Hon Kingsley Chinda (PDP), says Oshiomhole is a threat. Chinda, PDP, from Rivers State, is even urging Nigerians to rise and resist those against democracy. He also does not believe that there was no discovery of N21Bn and voters cards in the home of the removed Director of Director of State Security (DSS). He spoke with newsmen at the Port Harcourt International Airport Omagwa.
Hon. Chinda said this was necessary because the Nigeria democracy and her institutions were under pressure and was being endangered by members of the All Progressive Congress (APC) and her appointees in government in recent time.
According to Hon.Chinda, a member of the House of Representative from Obio/ Akpo in Rivers State, the recent threat from the National Chairman of the APC, Chief Adams Oshiomhole, a non member of the National Assembly, who was threatening and beating his chest, that the leadership of the National Assembly must be charged on a given date, was grave and dangerous for the Nigerian democracy.
The lawmaker noted that the National Assembly, the senate and the House of Representatives, were the cathedral and the image of democracy and for anyone or group of persons to threaten such institutions, shows that someone must be beaten the drums for them and that this further proteins danger.
“The statements from Chief Adam Oshiomhole, the APC National Chairman, is surely a threat to democracy in Nigeria”
Another threat to democracy in the country, he further pointed out, had manifested in what was playing out in the recent sacking of Lawal Daura, the former Director of Nigerian Department of State Service (DSS), an appointee of the government.
The discovering of permanent voters cards (PVC), over N21bn and an armoury in his residence, was surely a threat to the Nigeria democracy. “Surely; something is wrong and happening to our democracy, our democracy is in danger and under severe siege”.
Hon. Chinda said he cannot agree less with the warning from the retired General that cautioned Nigerians to defend themselves and the democratic institutions because they were under siege.
He called for a panel of inquiry to be set up to dig deeper and investigate further the fall out frame the fall of Daura and the discoveries his appointment. This he explained, was necessary because the ambition of one man or a group of persons, who are out to ensure that Nigeria could be destroyed as long as they continue to cling to power.
The Federal Government, he pointed out, was playing the ostrich if it continued to deny knowledge of the siege at the National Assembly. He said Nigerians were no fools.
He pointed out that Nigerians were aware of the meetings that were held and that even the national chairman of the APC, Adams Oshiomhole, cannot boldly tell Nigerians that he did not know about the arrangements.
He warned that Nigeria could be thrown into anarchy if due process was not followed to impeach the senate president. “For you to impeach the president of the senate, whether you like it or not, the legislatures must form a quorum and it must go through proper procedures, as laid down by law because democracy is about the rule of law.
On the allegation of bribery made against the executive in the last effort to impeach the senate president, Chinda said the House was yet to seat in order to raise the issue and cause an investigation.
“Yes we will seat and raise the issue and cause investigation because most legislators across the parties are all bent to salvage our democracy”.