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NASS members, elite politicians behind mace snatch – Political group

The Conference of Concerned Political Parties (CCPP), Friday afternoon, reacted to the snatching of mace from the Senate, saying that the development was a national reproach and treasonable.

Speaking at a press conference, Chairman of the political group, Dr. Onwubuya Breakforth said, they were saddened that the ugly trend could take place at the National Assembly, which is the only symbol of democracy.

The group said forces were at work to truncate the nation’s democracy at all costs, noting that the incident was unacceptable and condemnable.

The group called for a panel of inquiry while urging the Inspector General of Police to conduct proper investigation in order to reprimand culprits to serve as deterrent to others in the future.

“The snatch of mace which is our symbol of democratic authority is unacceptable, it is a national reproach and treasonable.

“We call on the Inspector General of Police to bring to book the officers in charge of the security of the National Assembly with immediate effect,” the group said.

CCPP further alleged that political elites, elder statesmen and some members of the National Assembly as been the brain behind attempt to slide down the nation’s democracy.

On the national security, they argued that because President Buhari has denied them certain privileges which were tantamount to the welfare of Nigerian, they decided to unleash terror on Nigerians through some criminal elements.

The group warned: “We call on those that are manipulating the system for selfish reasons to foster their political interest to have a rethink and desist from spilling the blood of innocent citizens.

“We call on Mr. President and all security agencies to brace up boldly to tackle security challenges and bring to book all sponsors of insurgencies.”

According to them, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) was not spared of the attack, saying, these politicians were afraid of due process that the electoral umpire was working hard to achieve.

The group alleged that some members of the National Assembly have been working to undermine effort of INEC to conduct free, fair and credible election.

The group which is a coalition of 42 registered political parties vowed to cooperate with INEC to ensure it fulfil its mandate in the interest of the nation’s democracy.

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