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DSS Boss An APC Member, PDP Alleges

Posted: Jul 29, 2015 at 7:22 pm   /   by   /   comments (0)

Rotimi Akinwumi, Abuja



The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, July 29, 2015, alleged that the new director-general of the Department of State Security (DSS), Lawal Daura, was a card-carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC) who should not occupy the position.

The PDP claimed that it had evidence to prove that Daura was the head of the intelligence committee of the APC presidential campaign organisation, whose allegiance to President Muhammadu Buhari is total, but whose allegiance to the nation is doubtful.

The party also made allegations that its  members in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states are being harassed by operatives of the DSS; it declared that the harassment should stop immediately, to forestall a breakdown of law and order.

Acting national chairman of the PDP, Uche Secondus, who stated this during a press conference at the party’s headquarters in Abuja, also said the party was not comfortable with Amina Zakari as the acting chairperson of Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), who he said would not conduct a free and fair election any day, anytime.

Secondus insisted that the occupier of the office of the DSS director-general should not be partisan, and noted that it has become necessary for President Muhammadu Buhari to relieve Daura of his current job in the interest of the nation, otherwise it would be a way of putting an APC lackey in a powerful position that would give the ruling party unquestioned power to harass and intimidate opposition party members.

“He will not be just, he is partial and partisan. President Buhari should save the nation the impending pains by reviewing the appointment of the DG DSS now, in the interest of peace,” Secondus said.

He alleged that the DSS has been harassing officials of INEC and tribunal members with a view to ensuring that the PDP does not get favourable judgement from the election petition tribunals in Rivers and Akwa Ibom states.

Secondus noted that both APC and the PDP are at the tribunal and, therefore, the DSS should stop harassing anyone, but allow the law to be implemented properly so that good and acceptable judgement could be delivered.