The Peoples Democratic Event (PDP) Caretaker Committee, Cross River, has reacted to what it described as a trespass and forceful takeover of its secretariat by the state’s governor, Ben Ayade.
Vanguard had earlier reported that Governor Ayade defected from the PDP to the All Progressive Congress (APC) on Thursday. In a adjust to up enchancment, Vanguard reported that the property located at 142( a) alongside Muritala Mohammed Freeway in Calabar which housed the PDP Secretariat in Cross River was on Saturday morning painted into All Progressive Congress, APC, colours.
A response press assertion signed by Effiok Cobham, the Chairman, PDP Caretaker Committee, Cross River State, reads;
”This morning armed policemen cordoned off the Cross River State PDP secretariat at 42 Murtala Mohamed Freeway, Calabar, and created cowl for thugs from the Governor Ben Ayade faction of the APC to invade the PDP state secretariat with the intention of fixing the property to the state secretariat of the APC.
”At current properties of the PDP, significantly essential paperwork and knowledge of the get collectively, which have been constructed up for over twenty years are each vandalised, destroyed or throughout the custody of Governor Ben Ayade.
”Members of the newly constituted PDP state Caretaker committee have been prevented from accessing the property by APC thugs and males of the Nigerian police. The developing is for the time being being painted throughout the colours of the APC.
”Accordingly, we vehemently protest this primitive invasion of the PDP secretariat by the APC on the instructions of Governor Ben Ayade. PDP has a subsisting tenancy over the property.
”We’ve the tenancy agreements and receipts evidencing charge of the rent for the current tenure in respect of the property.
”The lessor of the property has clarified that the tenancy of the PDP in respect of 42A Murtala Mohamed Freeway stays to be subsisting. Protesting the primitive movement of the APC, the Lessor lamented:
”I understand that the property is right now being painted with APC colours and I’m calling to say that I’ve no settlement the least bit with APC. I hereby state that PDP’S tenancy stays to be subsisting and they also keep my approved and recognised tenant.
”This invasion portions to authorized trespass, malicious damage to property, and constitutes conduct liable to lead to a breach of most people peace.
”We’re shocked that it’s Governor Ayade, who has the constitutional accountability, as chief security officer of the state, for sustaining regulation and order, that’s promoting this type of uncertain and harsh conduct.
”When the atypical man on the highway copies this behaviour and strikes into any residence or property that catches his fancy, along with Governor Ayade’s newly acquired sprawling properties in Cross River state, we hope this may be taken as political sincere recreation.
”The conduct of the APC is a model new diploma of low in Nigerian politics. This movement is inciteful and vendetta pushed. The PDP delivered the mandate of the people of Cross River state to Governor Ayade firstly as a senator, and twice as governor. Whereas we respect Governor Ayade’s political selections, we state that he has no correct to impede the peaceful conduct of the affairs of regulation abiding residents of Cross River State, along with the organisation of any political get collectively.
”We subsequently title on the administration of the APC in Cross River State, and the nationwide administration of the APC, to reject Governor Ayade’s infantile behaviour and allow the PDP the peaceful occupation and use of its property.
”We moreover demand the return of all paperwork, property and instruments far from the PDP secretariat by the APC.
”We think about that President Mohamed Buhari can encourage Governor Ayade to respect regulation and order and desist from conduct that further exacerbate the security state of affairs throughout the nation.
”Lastly, we think about that Governor Ayade is missing a risk by not shopping for a model new developing for his faction of the APC throughout the state.
”Doing so may be his different to a minimal of full a problem in Cross River state in the middle of the lifetime of his administration”.