Director General of the Department of State Services (DSS) Lawal Daura is a member of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC) and has been partisan in his operations in the country, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has alleged. Acting National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party, Chief Uche Secondus said this yesterday at a press briefing after the weekly meeting of the PDP National Working Commmittee which held at the Wadata house, Abuja.
Consequently, the party demanded for the review of the appointment of the Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura “because he is partisan,” Secondus told journalists. He said Lawal was head of the intelligence committee of the All Progressive Congress in the last election and since his appointment he has been partisan in his operation. Secondus cited the arrest and detention of some electoral officers in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states as well as coercion of these officers to write report by the DSS points to this fact stressing that a man of such political leaning cannot be trusted to be apolitical.
“We want to bring to the attention of the International community that the DSS in the last few months has continue to harass members of the PDP In Akwa-Ibom and Rivers states where electoral commissioners were detained and asked to write report “The matters have electoral laws and both parties APC and there PDP are in the tribunal such detainment is against all known laws.
The DG DSS is a member of the APC and was the head of the intelligence unit of the APC. The chairman of the leading opposition party also charged the President to review the appointment of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) whom he said was not fit to conduct the forthcoming elections in Kogi and Bayelsa later in the year. According Secondus the acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) “Amina Zakari will not be fair” especially as the Kogi election draws near.
The acting chairman, commended it’s party senators and members of the House of Representatives for their emergence as principal officers in both chambers of the National Assembly. The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party also threw it’s weight behind the Chief Idowu Falae faction as the true and authentic faction of the party. It assured party faithful in Ekiti that the NWC would invite all the other factions to settle the matter between all factions for the advancement of the party.
Meanwhile the group known as the Rivers State Renaissance Transparency Project has queried the various attacks and criticism on the Department of State Services, DSS, for questioning the Rivers State Resident Electoral Commissioner, Dame Gesila Khan over the conduct of the last general elections in the state.
The condemnation was contained in a press statement issued in Port Harcourt, Rivers State by Dr Donalson Abiye David West, Director of Publicity and Communications for the group. Reacting to a protest letter from members of National Assembly from Rivers State against the Department of State Security Service (DSS) Abuja, the group noted that “It is interesting and instructive that the authors of the panicky protest of blackmail against the DSS are all respondents to petitions in the Election Petition Tribunal for cases ranging from unparalleled degree of irregularity to outright non conduct of election by INEC in Rivers State during the March 28 Presidential and National Assembly election in the State as well as that of April 11 Governorship and Houses of Assembly elections.
It will be curious to know that it is only the so called Rivers State members of the National Assembly that are worried about the invitation of ‘selective’ INEC commissioners (as they chose to caption it) for questioning by the DSS. It is interesting to note that this so called ‘selective’ invitation is not peculiar to only Rivers State as they admitted in their watery protest. Why cry wolf when none exists?,” the group stated.
According to the group, “We are proud of the present set of security agencies under the watchful eye of President Mohammadu Buhari the world acclaimed crusader for war against corruption to ensure we should kill corruption before corruption kills us.
The group pointed out that the legislators “should realize that part of the reason for the invitation by the DSS was not unconnected with the fact that those invited have flagrantly disobeyed the order of the tribunal to allow the petitioner (APC) to inspect electoral materials used in the contentious elections. “We don’t think it is the responsibility of candidates to an election who are defending the matter of fraud raised in the same election to defend the conductor (umpire) of the said fraudulent election that is under scrutiny.
How did the signatories to the petition under reference know the reason and answer why the resident electoral commissioner in Rivers State, Mrs Gesila Khan was invited by the DSS? Why didn’t representatives from other States of the Federation whose Resident Electoral Commissioners were invited, raise the same alarm if those from Rivers State are not out for mischief. “While genuine Nigerians reassure the DSS and other security agencies in the country of God’s own protection and defence, we want to repeat that no amount of blackmail and propaganda by persons who were not voted for by the good people of Rivers State but who found themselves at the National as well as State Assembly by the machination of INEC (Rivers) and their collaboration will change the hand of God in Rivers State,” David West maintained.
-Patrick Osadebamwen in Abuja reports on the outcome of the weekly meetings of the PDP National Working Committee, which acussed the DG of SSS of partisanship and urged the government to review his appointment along that of the INEC Acting Chairman