The Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) has promised to hold President Goodluck Jonathan accountable for the “do-or-die” political crisis currently playing out in Rivers State if he does not intervene.
The umbrella body of opposition parties in the country, in its reaction to the police’s disruption of a rally organized by the Save Rivers Movement on Sunday which culminated in the alleged shooting of the Senator representing Rivers South East Senatorial District, Magnus Abe, said the president should as a matter of urgency order the Inspector General of Police Mohammed Abubakar to transfer the police commissioner, Joseph Mbu out of Rivers State.
A statement in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Osita Okechukwu, said: “Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) calls on President Goodluck Jonathan to as a matter of urgent national importance to save our democracy by nipping in the bud the gathering storm in Rivers State. The first step is to post out of Rivers State Commissioner of Police Joseph Mbu, before it is too late.
“For us, this is against police professional ethics and best practices, which means that CP Mbu had taken side, and, unfortunately, descended partially into the political arena; thereby breaching the law and enforcing a non-existing Police Permit Order.
“CNPP wishes to remind the Nigeria Police Force that the Police Permit Order had been repealed by the Appeal Court, as an obnoxious colonial order, following a suit filed by the CNPP.
“Accordingly, groups, associations and political parties are under the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria guaranteed freedom of association and assemblage; hence the duty of the police is to protect all and not to side any group.
“We challenge President Jonathan to direct the Inspector General of the Police to post CP Joseph Mbu out of Rivers State; failing which we shall hold Mr President responsible for the do-or-die politics unfolding in Rivers State”.