The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) lawmakers in the House of Representatives on Thursday demanded thorough investigation into the recent invasion of the National Assembly by the operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS).
Briefing journalists in Abuja, House Leader and Spokeman of the APC caucus, Femi Gbajabiamila (APC, Lagos), condemned the invasion as a “rape on democracy,” which must be investigated to unravel the facts and punish the culprits.
He regretted that the invasion “has been given partisan coloration, especially by the opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP),” in order to malign President Muhammadu Buhari even though “the worse happened under PDP in 2014.”
“You are aware of what happened here when this institution was shutdown by the DSS. As a caucus, we deliberated this and the facts involved. No one here would accept the rape on democracy witnessed here.
“Unfortunately, this has been given partisan coloration by the PDP and we know the worse happened under them in 2014. We call for thorough investigation to reveal what happened,” Gbajabiamila demanded.
He further denied that the invasion was orchestrated by APC members to impeach Senate President Bukola Saraki, but however lauded President Buhari for sacking the DSS boss, Lawal Daura.
In his own remarks, Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Yusuf Lasun (APC, Osun) said although the invasion was condemnable, the APC, which “maintains majority in both the House and Senate,” has endorsed Buhari for the 2019 election.
He added that the National Assembly would reconvene on Tuesday or Wednesday next week to consider the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) supplementary budget for the 2019 elections.
“We condemn what happened and commend the presidency for action on the DSS. Everyone in APC has agreed that no one will represent us better than Buhari in 2019. We will also reconvene on Tuesday or Wednesday to consider the INEC Budget,” Lasun stated.