NASS Siege Marks End of APC, Buhari Presidency, Says PDP Lawmaker


The Member representing Onicha/ Ohaozara/ Ivo federal constituency in the National Assembly, Hon. Linus Abaa Okorie, has said that the Tuesday siege at the National Assembly by masked security operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) has marked the beginning of the end of the Muhammad Buhari presidency and the All Progressives Congress, APC.

Okorie said the siege which was allegedly plotted by the APC national chairman, Adams Oshiomhole; the sacked former Director General of DSS, Lawal Daura and their accomplices against the Nigeria’s legislative arm of government was an attempted coup aimed at bringing down democracy.

He noted that Oshiomhole and Daura, and everyone culpable should have been executed publicly by a firing squad for an attempted coup if it were under a military regime.

The Federal Lawmaker spoke on the sideline of the grand finale of the 2018 press week of the Nigeria Union of Journalists, NUJ, Ebonyi state council held on Thursday, saying any democratic institution openly working for the breakdown of democracy did not deserve the support of the people.

“It was a failed coup against the legislature and when you bring down legislature violently, you bring down government. Section 1 of the constitution prohibits anybody from taking over government through any other means except through democratic process.

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“So, what the APC as a party and the presidency as an organ of government did was an attempted coup to bring down democracy because they struck at the heart of the democracy which is the legislature. But we thank God that it failed and failed woefully but like every other coup it is worst than treason .It is actually a culpable offence.

“Under military regime, the chairman of APC, Adam Oshiomhole, the sacked former DG of DSS, Lawal Daura would have been tied to a stake after trial by the military tribunal and shot publicly. But thank God this is a democracy. But it is very bad, unacceptable and it is something very abhorring.

“It is something nobody should have thought about but the most important thing is that it marks the beginning of the end of the presidency of Muhammadu Buhari and the APC as a party. Because any democratic institution that can work openly, consciously and violently to bring down democracy does not deserve any further democratic support by the people”, Okorie said.

Okorie who also reacted to the mass defection of APC Legislators in National Assembly into the main opposition Peoples Democratic Party,(PDP), noted that it was a movement by patriotic Nigerians to bringing true change to the people.

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He explained that most Nigerians have discovered that the APC came to power in 2015 under the guise of deception and most of the people who participated in bringing the government were leaving to chart a new course that would improvement on the wellbeing of Nigerians.

He said: “I would say is not a gang-up. Nobody ganged up but democracy and movement under democracy is something guaranteed under the constitution: which is freedom of expression, association and movement. So, it cannot be a gang up. It is a democratic choice of the people involved to come together and chart a new course.

“A course they considered better. A course they believe in, that will bring the true change, the true improvement and transformation of the Nigerian society as against the deceitful change with which all Nigerians were deceived in 2015 and put in place government that has so woefully failed.

“The truth is that the people who participated in bringing the present government in power have seen and confessed that the government was brought under the guise of deception.

“And they were there believing that true change will come to improve the lives of Nigerians, bring employment to Nigerians. Bring down poverty, increase our earning and ensure there is peace and security in Nigeria and all of these have failed.

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“That’s why they are leaving to join other democrats to chat a new course which they believe will bring a new government in 2019 to help solve the many problems facing Nigeria today,” he said.

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