Governors elected under the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) have condemned the handcuffing of the National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, by security agents.
Metuh, who is standing trial for allegedly collecting N400 million illegally from the former National Security Adviser Col. Sambo Dasuki (rtd), was twice taken to court in handcuffs, by Prisons officials.
“The cuffing of the national publicity secretary of the PDP exemplifies a terrible decay of power by the APC regime which sees itself bigger than the democratic state, Nigeria, which brought it to power,” the governors said in a statement.
The statement, signed by the coordinator of the group, Mr. Osaro Onaiwu, the action was meant to not only ridicule Metuh but also to portray the PDP as a party of people with questionable character.
“The only reasonable conclusion we have reached is that the anti-corruption agencies and other institutions of state have allowed themselves to be dictated to by a single vindictive authority which takes pleasure in using power anyhow and in anyway in gross abuse of the constitution,” the governors said.
“Security and anti-graft agencies should be mindful of how they take instructions from political office holders as the tide of power was constantly moving, as the APC will not be in power forever.
“For the avoidance of doubt, the Forum is not against the anti-corruption mantra of the present regime of President Muhammadu Buhari, but we insist it must be within the ambit of our constitution and appropriate laws.
“Any other means is a descent into fascism with its attendant consequences in the long run,” the statement further reads.