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Rivers Legislators Warn DSS On Election Petitions

Posted: Jul 24, 2015 at 3:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Rotimi Akinwunmi –  Abuja


Senators and Members of the House of Representatives from Rivers State under the auspices of Rivers State Caucus National Assembly on Thursday warned the Department of State Service (DSS) to stop its interference in the duties of the Rivers State Elections Petitions Tribunal.

The group led by Senator George Thompson Sekibo (PDP, Rivers South-East Senatorial District) at a press conference yesterday, said they have witnessed the modus operandi of the DSS and have come to the conclusion that what’s happening can be best described as dictatorship in democratic regime.

Senator George Thompson Sekibo

Senator George Thompson Sekibo

The caucus expressed sadness and displeasure over what it considered as the brazen moves by the DSS to influence the outcome of the works of the outcome of the petition lodge by the candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

According to them, the DSS has been intimidating electoral officers connected with or handling matters relating to the 2015 general elections held in Rivers State as well as other election petitions in the country.

The group noted that men of DSS invited the State Resident Electoral Commissioners (RECs), including the Rivers REC and other INEC officials, with plans of inviting some members of the panel handling the Governorship and State Assemblies Elections Petitions for questioning even as the matter is pending at the Tribunal.

It noted that DSS selectively invited the State REC Mrs Gesila Khan and other INEC officials over a petition by a litigant at the election petition tribunal which she honoured only to be arrested by men of the security agency on 22rd July 2015 and detained over twenty four hours.

Sekibo and 15 other lawmakers had earlier petitioned the DSS Director-General Alhaji Sanni Daura describing the development on the matter as creeping interference of the secret police and warned it desist from such even as it noted it was dangerous for democracy.

He also pointed out that the arrest and detention of the INEC official followed a private visit of the Ex-Governor of Rivers State, Mr. Rotimi Amaechi, on Tuesday, July 7, 2015.

Members of the Caucus said that they are constrained to conclude that  the script being played by the DSS is to concoct evidence in support of the petitioners case at the Tribunal where the petitioners pleaded that they should rely on security report at the trial particularly the SSS report.