The All Progressive Congress (APC) has condemned the sealing off of the Adamawa Governor’s Lodge in Maitama District, Abuja.
The party’s vice chairman (North-East), Alhaji Umar Duhu said in Kaduna yesterday that the Federal Capital Territory Administration, FCTA, had no right to close down the Lodge and called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Abubakar, to immediately withdraw his men from the Adamawa Governor’s Lodge.
“This is indeed a coup against a democratically elected Adamawa State Government, under the reign of Vice Admiral Murtala Hamma-Yaro Nyako. Government house is Government house anywhere, provided the governor of the State or any other governor anoints, cites or chooses to use it as a work place and uses it to append his hand on official responsibilities,” Duhu said.
He added that, “Closing the governor’s lodge in Abuja is like closing the Government House in Yola. All Government Lodge or House are the same and perform similar responsibilities anywhere it is situated both in Nigeria and anywhere in the World.
“From the information available to us, the lodge was closed because the new PDP is using the property for their meetings. It is important to know here that if government houses are barred from hosting political activities, it should be total, rather than picketing on Governor Admiral Nyako simply because he belongs to the New PDP,” Duhu said.
The APC chieftain, who hails from Adamawa State, said President Goodluck Jonathan should also stop holding political activities at the Aso Rock Presidential Villa as the State House is a residential place.
“The Presidential Villa is also an official residence of any opportuned Nigerian anointed by God to Lead Nigerians at a given time. Laws should not operate in isolation. It must have the teeth to bite irrespective of party affiliation. I call on the IGP to as a matter of urgency withdraw his men from Adamawa State lodge in Maitama Abuja. The police has the responsibilities of safeguarding lives and properties of the citizenry no matter who they are or what they profess,” Duhu added.