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PDP, APC Trade Words Over DSS Boss, ‘Missing $2b’

Wednesday’s allegation by the national leadership of the PDP that the Director-General of the Department of State Services, Mr. Lawal Daura, is a member of the governing party the APC, the APC has taken its rival to task.

The PDP, which had pointed out that since Daura is a member of the ruling party, he could not preside over the nation’s security apparatus without being partial. Acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja on that day.

Reacting to the allegation, the ruling APC, in a statement released by Lai Mohammed, its National Publicity Secretary, said the indictment is absurd and frivolous. It dared the PDP to publish any evidence it may have to confirm the accusation, adding: “After all, it is trite that he who alleges must prove.

“In the absence of that, the PDP must call another press conference to publicly apologize to all Nigerians for engaging in barefaced lies,” the party said. The ruling party said it was shocked that the opposition has started exhibiting all the “symptoms of hallucination so soon after its gravy train derailed, saying it’s obvious that the party has now started hearing voices”.

“We know that the psyche of the PDP has been badly affected by its loss of power at the centre. Even the party itself has admitted that much. That situation has now been compounded by the fact that the   party is broke. It is therefore not a surprise that it is no longer able to think straight.

The reality of its new situation is just beginning to dawn on it. “But we warned the PDP early on that being in opposition is not a walk in the park. We warned that while the party was used to eating its bread with butter on both sides, it will now be lucky to even have bread to it,” APC said.

The party cautioned the PDP to spend more time in patching its tattered and battered umbrella than acting as a cog in the wheel of progress of the new government. It would be recalled that the opposition has recently blamed the newly-appointed Lawal Daura of partisanship in the manner his organisation had launched at perceived enemies mostly from the immediate past administration, particularly with respect to pending elections in tribunals. Furthermore, the (PDP) has called on the ruling (APC) to provide solutions to burning national issues. Chief Olisa Metuh PDP National Publicity Secretary, made the call recently in Abuja in a statement issued to newsmen.

His words “the burning national issues borders on the government’s lack of transparency, abuse of power, dwindling economy and escalating insecurity” He alleged that the resort to what he considers insults by Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC spokesman, is ostensibly to divert attention from issues, further confirming the insincerity of the APC-led government. Metuh said: “There is need for Mohammed and the APC to understand that being in government comes with demands of accountability, civility and decency.

“The APC has failed to address the issue of the recent organised public harassment and humiliation against the immediate- past First Lady, Dame Patience Jonathan at Port Harcourt airport. “The incident was organised and orchestrated by a Director of Protocol in the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, who cited ‘order from above’ in his threats and insults to the former First Lady on phone.”

Metuh urged the APC and especially its spokesman, Mohammed to settle down and strive to partner with the PDP in elevating national political discourse from the domain of insults to that of issues. He said that the call was important to enable the public, especially the younger generation adequately informed on national issues. Interestingly following reports that US State Department has denied telling the Governor of Edo State Adams Oshiomhole about a minister in former President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration absconding with the sum of $6 billion, the (PDP) in Edo state has alleged that the governor is suffering from diarrhoea of the mouth.

It was gathered that the United States Department in Washington-DC, denied the story, asking Oshiomhole, to name   the official who made such a statement to him. Reacting shortly after the US States Department’s statement, Dr. Emmanuel Agbo, the chairman of conference of PDP state chairmen, wondered why Oshiomhole at his level would be engaged in making careless and baseless utterances all in a bid to unnecessarily demonize the Jonathan administration and those that worked under him.

According to Agbo, Oshiomohle’s comments are, however, not surprising because the APC has always been known for nothing else other than propaganda. Agbo said: “We view statements of 6 billion dollars theft credited to Adams Oshiomhole as very unfortunate as leaders at his level shouldn’t be suffering from diarrhoea of the mouth.

“It is unfortunate that what we have in the hierarchy of the APC are irresponsible and politically irreverent talkative and propagandists. That it takes America and American officials to reveal such monumental theft and it was unknown to the APC government until the American trip clearly shows the ineptitude of the APC government.”

It would be recalled that since President Buhari was sworn in on May 29, Oshiomhole has been fierce about President Buhari anti-corruption programme.

He has been on a running battle with Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, ex-minister of finance, who he blamed for withdrawing $2 billion from government accounts for Jonathan’s reelection campaign. Just recently, he hinted that Department of Petroleum Resource (DPR) may have collected about N30 billion illegally by deducting cost of revenues at the source from federal government ministries and agencies.

 -The political temperature keeps rising with both frontline parties, the opposition PDP and the ruling APC trading words, reports Francis Moses

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