President Buhari has been urged by the Osun State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to immediately drop alleged plans to impose travel ban on governors of Rivers and Ekiti states – Nyesom Wike and Ayo Fayose, respectively.
The party warned that tampering with the constitutionally guaranteed immunity of governors would spell doom for the country, adding that there was nothing done to Buhari by the duo that Rauf Aregbesola of Osun state did not do to Goodluck Jonathan while he was in office.
In a statement issued in Osogbo by its Director of Research, Publicity and Strategy, Prince Diran Odeyemi, the party warned against acts capable of plunging the country into civil war.
Odeyemi said the same Section 308 of the constitution that gives the President immunity also provides the governors with same leverage, adding that, instead of tinkering with the idea of travel ban on the governors, if any security infraction is noticed, the President should approach the court.
The party accuses the President of not being a true democrat by imposing travel ban on governors with immunity which is the same as that of the president, and the constant flouting of court orders by the Buhari administration in the last one year.
The statement reads in part: “Since the news broke of plans by Buhari to ban PDP governors Ayo Fayose and Nyesom Wike from travelling using Department of State Security (DSS), as threat, images of events of the past years have kept on reappearing .”
“We don’t want anything that can truncate this democracy. Attempt to strip two PDP governors of their immunity is capable of enacting civil war .”
The party further called on all past leaders to prevail on President Buhari to shelve the idea to save the country of needless tension and constitutional crises.