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PDP Accuses FG Of Influencing Rivers Tribunal

Patrick Osadebamwen, Abuja

Nigerians and the international community have been advised to be alert to plot by the Federal Government to use the Department of State Services (DSS) to influence outcome of the Rivers State Tribunal. The Federal Government was also accused of plotting to use the Department of State Services to influence political processes as well by the opposi-tion Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).

The move which has been described as path to a totalitarian regime by the Peoples Democratic Party yesterday was denounced by the Party through its National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh.

Metuh raised the allegation in a press briefing at the Wadata House Abuja, insisting the plot was to get a pre determined outcome, pointed out that his party will not be silent on such move. According to Metuh the DSS has invited some people from Rivers State and other places to discuss matters before the tribunal, pointing out that the move was draconian.

“The National Working Committee of the PDP has uncovered plot that the newly-appointed DG, DSS to intervene and interfere on political issues, especially tribunal matters. “In that regard, the NWC has been made aware that the new Director General of DSS has even invited some people in relation to Rivers tribunal and other states in trying to discuss such matters with tribunal members.

“The PDP alerts the national and international community that this is gross interference in democratic affairs and that it can lead to authoritarian regime. PDP decries attempts to enthrone draconian regime where security forces and other apparatus of the ruling party will decide to be influencing election matters and outcome on behalf of the ruling party.

The party condemned the dissolution of duly elected council structures in Plateau and Katsina APC led states demanding that the dissolution was short of court judgement. It noted that while the case of Rivers was sanctioned by the Court, the police has been used to undermine the decision.

“Secondly, the PDP has raised complaints against the dissolution of validly elected local government councils in APC-controlled states of Plateau and Katsina even without court judgements. “You will recall that in Rivers where we had a valid court judgment, the police interfered and stopped the PDP from taking over control of those councils.

“However, in Plateau and Katsina where they did not have any court judgments a unilateral nullification of elections and dismantling of democratic structures at the local government level in Plateau and Katsina States, the police have aided and abetted them truncate the tenures of dulyelected officers,” Metuh stated.

The party assured it’s members of its readiness to reconstitute it’s National Working Committee with a view to meet the aspiration of the party followership.

He stated that: “In response to wideranging allegations and calls by stakeholders from zonal and state chapters of the party, the National Working Committee is in the process of reconstituting the party’s Board of Trustees, in close consultation with critical stakeholders of the party.

This exercise has become necessary owing to references of defection, deaths and passivity of some erstwhile members.” Metuh also said that the NWC has approved the conduct of a congress for Ward, Local Government and State Executive in Anambra State, starting from Tuesday, 21st of August.

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