The state caucus in the National Assembly yesterday accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of allegedly intimidating judicial and officers of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with the intent to influence the outcome of the 2015 elections petitions currently before the tribunal in the state.
Addressing journalists at a press conference in Abuja unbehalf of the caucus, Senator George Thomson – Sekibo said that It was alarming that the DSS summoned and later detained the Rivers State INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) after immediate past Governor of the State, Rotimi Amaechi paid a visit to the Director General, Lawal Musa Daura.
Thomson – Sekibo who described the act as “signs of creeping dictatorship” explained that the Rivers state REC, Mrs esila han, and her officers were orally invited to the DSS headquarters in Abuja over a petition by a litigant at the election petition tribunal which she honoured with her senior officers on Tuesday 22, July 2015.
“Only for her to be arrested and detained till about 10pm on Wednesday 23 July with further instructions to report to the DSS daily. “The invitation and subsequent arrest of Mrs Khan followed the private visit of the Ex-Governor of Rivers state, Amaechi Rotimi to the Director SSS on or about Tuesday 7 July 2015.
“We are constrained to conclude that part of 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 shall rely on security reports at the trial, particularly the SSS report.
“It is also not a coincidence that the invitation to parties NEC officers came after the private visit of the ExGovernor of Rivers state, Rotimi Amaechi to the Director SSS on or about Tuesday the 7th day of July 2015.
Shortly after his visit, Amaechi assured the petitioner of the DSS is game”. According to him, the ultimate goal of the President Muhammadu Buhari administration is to unify and sanctity Nigeria where the rule of law against the rule of force would reign just as he added that political biases and primordial sentiments should not becloud the collective drive to achieving that.
-Dyepkazah Abuja, Abuja