The Action Congress of Nigeria, ACN, has accused PresidentGoodluck Jonathan of being privy to the attack on the four governors who paid a visit to governor Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers in Port Harcourt on Tuesday.
The governors are Babangida Aliyu of Niger State, Sule Lamido ofJigawa State, Rabiu Musa Kwankwaso of Kano State and MurtalaNyako of Adamawa State.
ACN’s national publicity secretary, Lai Mohammed, said in a statement on Wednesday that as the country’s chief security officer, he has his ears and eyes all over the country in the persons of security agents.
“We will not accept the usual sophistry that President Jonathan is not in any way involved in the Rivers crisis…If the argument is that he did not know of the attack, then he is not on top of his game,” the party scribe said.
The ACN said further that the situation which played out on Tuesday where a group of “paid hoodlums” invaded a secure environment like the airport and pelted the convoy bearing the governors with all sorts of objects, is nothing short of organized political rascality and a ploy to thwart elections in 2015.
“The politics of 2015 cannot be removed from what is happening in Rivers. We have had cause to warn Nigerians to be vigilant against those who will foment trouble where there is none, just to put in abeyance the 2015 elections, especially where the emerging signals point to the fact that they will be rejected by voters,” the party said.
The party raised a few questions suggesting that the incident was all part of scheming against Amaechi.
“Would the police have allowed tramps to attack the governors if they were visiting the President? Would the police in Rivers have allowed vagrants to act freely if those visiting Port Harcourt had come in solidarity with the five renegade members of the State House of Assembly?
The statement said that the visiting governors were right to have expressed solidarity with their Rivers’ counterpart, in the face of the siege on him.
“We salute the governors as true patriots and the real sustainers of our Constitution, and we demand appropriate sanctions for those whose dereliction of duty put the governors’ lives in danger,” it said.
Meanwhile, the four governors have called on the Inspector General of Police to immediately redeploy and discipline the Rivers State police commissioner, Joseph Mbu.
“His actions smirk of unprofessionalism and political partisanship which is unbecoming of his office…the call for state police as a constitutional provision has become a necessity”, the governors said.