When President Muhammadu Buhari began his latest London vacation, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said the president left the country to allow security agencies collude with the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) against political rivals.
APC denied the allegation.
PDP now says Tuesday’s blockade on the National Assembly was proof its claim about the reason for Buhari’s trip was on point.
“Nigerians and the international community will recall that the PDP had earlier alerted of this plot, which included the phoney medical trip to London for President Buhari as an alibi to exonerate him from any blame for this sordid assaults on democracy,” PDP spokesperson Kola Ologbondiyan said in a statement.
“The invasion of our highest legislative institution by agents of the Buhari-led executive, a few months after the Senate mace was blazingly carted away by armed hoodlums, is condemnable, reprehensible, unpardonable, and completely unacceptable.
“With this siege, barely a week after presiding officers of the Senate were held hostage at their residences, it has become clear that the Buhari Presidency and the All Progressives Congress (APC) intend to forcefully overrun and ultimately shut down the highest lawmaking organ of the Nigerian government and pave the way for the total suspension of constitutional rule in the country,” the statement read.
Acting President Osinbajo, who fired DSS boss Lawal Daura in the wake of Tuesday’s invasion of the National Assembly, said the Presidency did not authorise the siege. He also promised to deal with the masterminds.
Before Buhari travelled, the Presidency had said the president would not do anything unlawful after critics tied him to the apparently unconstitutional plot to impeach Benue State governor Samuel Ortom.