The All Progressives Congress (APC) has faulted as deliberate and unnecessary insult the claims by the Bayelsa State House of Assembly against the party over alleged involvement in the recent multiple postings of the state commissioners of police.
Also speaking on the issue, the minister of state for agriculture and rural development, Senator Heineken Lokpobiri, dissociated himself from the alleged posting of state commissioners of police, describing the allegation as spurious and unfounded.
The Bayelsa chapter of the APC in a statement by its publicity secretary, Mr. Doifie Buokoribo, said that the resolution of the State House of Assembly accusing the party of complicity in the posting of State Police Commissioner showed that the assembly of mischievously opposing a constitutional security arrangement simply because it denied them the room to repeat the electoral fraud they perpetrated to win the last governorship elections in the state.
According to the statement, “The All Progressives Congress (APC) in Bayelsa state unreservedly condemns the resolution of the State House of Assembly concerning the posting of Police Commissioners to the State. It is a deliberate and unnecessary insult to our collective intelligence.
“By this resolution, the state assembly has shown its complete lack of legislative independence and respect for the rule of law.
“The assembly has once again proved to be a poodle of Governor Henry Seriake Dickson. We note that this resolution is coming only a few days after Governor Dickson expressed similar sentiments at a Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) event. The PDP National Publicity Secretary raised these same concerns recently.
“To begin with, matters about police affairs are on the Exclusive List. They are federal matters on which a state House of Assembly cannot legislate. It lacks the jurisdiction. The APC has tremendous respect for the police as a creation of our constitution and would never read political meanings to its decision to move its own officers.
“We have had several commissioners of police in the state, including a personal friend of Dickson and PDP member who had earlier worked as Commander of his Operation Doo Akpo, Dickson’s private terror police
“Is the PDP on its deathbed now so nervous that they are telling us only a police commissioner pliable to them must serve the state? Are they again so bent on using their terror police to compromise the 2019 elections, as they did during the last governorship elections, that they do not want the police to disband it if need be? This is an assault on our democracy.”