Segun James

Controversy has continued to dog the invasion of the Ekiti State House of Assembly as opinions are divided on the action along party lines.

To the Lagos state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Tunji Shelle the action will send a wrong signal to the people that politicians are incapable of governance and this may truncate the political state of the nation.

“The invasion of the Ekiti Assembly is very sad and unfortunate. It portends great danger for our polity and nascent democracy. It is not acceptable and if not nipped in the bud can truncate the delicate socio-economic and political state of the nation. The action is inappropriate and to say the least highly undemocratic. It is uncalled for at this point in time in the history of the country.”

But a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state, Chief Nathan Egba disagreed with the position of Shelle. He stressed that the PDP was crying foul because a state governed by the party is involved, adding that in recent past, the party would have justified such action as legitimate.

To him, the DSS of today is different from that of some years ago when it was used to “bully” the opposition or political enemies into submission. Egba recalled that it was the former DSS that was used to intimidate members of the Bayelsa State House of Assembly (BYSA) to impeach Governor Diepreye Alamieyeseigha in 2005.

He also gave an example the attempt by some minority PDP members of the Rivers state assembly to take over the leadership of the house, a situation, he stressed, led to violent confrontation and the invasion of the assembly by the police in 2014 and the subsequent closedown of the assembly complex for several months. Such situation no longer holds in the present dispensation, he maintained.

He advised the PDP to stop crying wolf where there are none as the DSS will give reasons for its action in due time. To him, Nigerians should wait for a statement by the DSS instead of jumping to conclusion.

Egba opined that he would not be surprised that members of the Ekiti House are being used by the state Governor, Mr. Ayo Fayose to perpetrate acts that may be inimical to the political and security wellbeing of the nation.