The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) rose from its National Working Committee (NWC) meeting yesterday asking President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately remove the Director-General of the Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, over his alleged partisan links with the All Progressives Congress (APC).
At a press conference presided over by its Acting National Chairman, Uche Secondus, in Abuja, PDP alleged that Daura was not supposed to be appointed as director-general of DSS because he was the chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the APC Presidential Campaign Organisation.
PDP alleged that the DSS has been harassing its members in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states over the election petition tribunal cases in those states. Secondus urged Buhari to stop the DSS from harassing electoral officers, cautioning that such could lead to break down of law and order.
Secondus’ address at the press conference reads in parts: “The NWC brings the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to some disturbing development in the polity which, if not nipped in the bud, might significantly affect our democracy and stability as a nation negatively, and that is the growing and unwarranted intrusion of some overzealous security operatives on issues bordering purely on politics.
“In particular, the NWC wishes to draw the attention of the President to the continued intimidation, harassment as well as the hounding, arrest and detention of electoral officers and members of election tribunals by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and other PDP states.
“The NWC notes that this unfortunate development has been the case since the appointment of the new Director General of the DSS, Alhaji Lawal Musa Daura, whom we learnt was a critical intelligence stakeholder of the APC as a card-carrying member of that party during the campaigns. This is ungodly and unacceptable.
“We do hope that in his new job, the Director General of DSS is not mixing issues on the APC presidential candidate and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, hence the need for Mr. President to rein him in as the development is capable of eroding the cherished independence of the judiciary and the electoral commission, a sine qua non, for a virile democracy, which guarantees our unity and stability as a nation.
“Similarly, we urge Mr. President to take a critical look at the issue of the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as Acting Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for which our party has severally raised some salient issues on why she is not
suitable for that position. It is incontrovertible that Mrs. Zakari, by virtue of her blood relationship with Mr. President, cannot preside over the affairs of an Independent National Electoral Commission.
Nigeria belongs to all of us, irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliation, and as a responsible political party, we shall not fold our hands and watch while our nation drifts along dangerous line.”