The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party has called for the immediate unsealing of local government councils in Rivers State by the Police.
The party described as unconstitutional, reprehensible abuse of power and brazen show of partisanship, the action of the All Progressives Congress-led Federal Government-controlled police in barring lawfully appointed caretaker committees by the state government from taking charge of the councils.
In a statement issued in Abuja by its National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, on Friday, the PDP said the action of the police was an affront to the ruling of the High Court, which on Thursday dissolved the 22 local government councils.
The Rivers governor, Mr. Nyesom Wike had appointed caretaker committees to administer the councils following the ruling of the court.
Metuh 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 PDP, therefore, charged the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase, to come out clean on the matter and assure the nation of the non-partisanship of the police by ordering the immediate unsealing of the councils.
Metuh said Nigerians and the international community should note the development which “is 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 destabilise PDP-controlled states, particularly Rivers State”.
When contacted, the Police Public Relations Officer in Rivers state, Ahmed Mohammed, who confirmed the sealing of the secretariats, said it was done to preserve breakdown of law and order.
“It is a proactive measure put in place to protect life and property, and as well nip in the bud, any attempt to break law and order”, he said.