The House of Representatives on Thursday called on President Muhammadu Buhari to order the police to apologise to Nigerians for allegedly assaulting Governor of Ekiti state Ayodele Fayose.
Lawmakers in the lower house made this call after adopting a motion under Matters of Urgent Public Importance by Hon. Yussuf Tajudeen (PDP-Kogi) at the plenary on Thursday.
According to reports, armed policemen on Wednesday interrupted a rally organised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) ahead of the governorship election in the state.
They were said to have dispersed the crowd with teargas.
Governor Fayose accused the policemen of harassing him where the PDP was holding its rally.
But Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operations, Habila Joshak, said the rally was not approved by the police, as police operatives were ensuring there was no breakdown of law and order.
The house said the alleged incident was an “unwarranted attack and assault’’ on the governor and people of Ekiti.
It stated that no candidate for election needed the permit of Police or any other agency to campaign within his constituency during the period allowed by relevant laws.
In his contribution, Hon. Michael Adeniyi (PDP-Ondo) said that as representatives of the people, “politicians go to campaign every four years.’’
He said that what happened in Ekiti was an abuse of the people as it was not a crime for the governor to lead people on a rally.
However, Hon. Mohammed Mongonu (APC-Borno) stressed the need to listen to all the parties before making judgments.
He said that all that was available to the house were comments in the media, and urged the parliament to investigate the matter.
Speaker Yakubu Dogara, in his ruling, mandated the committee to report back in two weeks for further legislative actions.