Former Vice President, Atiku Abubakar, has described the purported service of impeachment notice on Benue Governor, Dr Samuel Ortom, by eight members of the House of Assembly as “awkward political development’’.
Abubakar said that any attempt to disregard the rule of law and the Constitution in the impeachment of a governor was a recipe for anarchy and officially-sanctioned lawlessness.
He said that for a state facing security challenges like Benue, the introduction of lawlessness in the impeachment process could only complicate an already bad situation.
He urged the police to remain politically neutral and avoid aiding lawlessness, adding that partisanship could professionally destroy their image.
Abubakar stressed that the loyalty of the police should be to the Constitution and the rule of law.
“Whatever might be the short-term political benefits of lawlessness, the long-term dangers are by far greater than those perceived benefits.
“If unchecked, the political situation in Benue could lead to a domino effect across the country, thereby jeopardising democracy and endangering innocent lives and property of lawful citizens.”