A legal practitioner, Ebun-Olu Adegboruwa, has lambasted chieftains of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for blocking government agencies from doing their jobs.
Reacting to the botched arrest of Chikwendu, wife of former Aviation Minister, Chief Fani-Kayode, by Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose, Adegboruwa said stopping EFCC operatives from doing their job was a sign of lawlessness. He recalled that Fayose stormed the bank to stop her from being picked by the EFCC. “The other day, it was the Governor of Rivers State, Nyesom Wike, himself a lawyer, that dashed to rescue a judge from arrest by the DSS, in the midnight,” Adegboruwa recalled.
“These events raise a serious concern with the brewing culture within the rank of the opposition PDP governors, to seek to deploy their official status to hinder the agencies of government from performing their statutory duties. “There cannot be any justification for this impunity at all, in a democracy. Surely two wrongs cannot make right. “If there is any perceived overzealousness on the part of security agencies, surely the option cannot be a resort to self help, whereby a governor would deploy his official status to hinder the lawful performance of statutory duties.
“It is an abuse of the concept of executive immunity, for governors to be consciously working to hinder the rule of law and due process. It is totally unacceptable, even though this is not to justify the attempt to arrest and detain Mrs Fani-Kayode, a nursing mother, with her baby.
“The remedy to such malady cannot be the physical deployment of force, by governor Fayose. Once we get to a stage where all suspects resist arrest, then society will break down and it be the rule of might and force. “The role of the opposition party in any democracy is to critically analyze the policies of the ruling government and offer constructive and positive alternatives”, he added.