The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Friday, July 10, 2015 accused the Police of playing double standard in preventing lawfully appointed caretaker committee chairmen in River state from carrying out their responsibility.
The National Publicity Secretary of the party Olisa Metuh,in a statement said the PDP are demanding the immediate unsealing of local councils in the State by the Police.
The party described the action as unconstitutional and a reprehensible abuse of power and brazen show of partisanship, by the All Progressives Congress. He said the were APC using its controlled police to carry out the act.
He further stated that the actions of the police was contrary to the ruling of the High Court, which dissolved the 22 local government councils that was imposed by the immediate past administration in the state.
He state that the appointment of caretaker committee by governor Wike was based on the High court dissolution of the unlawfully imposed local government council.
The party 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.”
The party charged the Inspector General of Police, Solomon Arase to demonstrate non-partisanship of the police by ordering the immediate unsealing of the councils.
The party said Nigerians and the international community should note that this “is a 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 destabilize PDP controlled states, particularly Rivers State.”