PDP NWC Warns DSS Against Harassing Electoral Officers

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Uche Secondus

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The National Working Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party decries the harassment and arrest of electoral officers in the states controlled by the party by the Department of State Security

THE National Working Committee, NWC, of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, rose from its meeting today warning the Department of Security Service to stop harassing electoral officers in states controlled by the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP.

The NWC which thoroughly considered a number of very important issues pertaining to the state of affairs in our nation also brought to the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari 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 over-zealous security operatives on issues bordering purely on politics.

In particular, the NWC drew “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,” according to a statement signed by Uche Secondus acting national chairman of the PDP, which was made available to Realnews Wednesday, July 29.

The NWC noted that “this unfortunate development has been the case since the appointment of the new director general of the DSS, 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 INEC for which our party has severally raised some salient issues 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,” PDP said.

Stating that Nigeria belongs to all of us irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliation, the PDP said: “As a responsible political party we shall not fold our hands and watch while our nation drift along dangerous line.

Also, the NWC commends and congratulates the PDP caucuses in the Senate and the House of Representatives on the smooth emergence of the minority leadership in the National Assembly. We note that the process was without any inteferences whatsoever from the leadership of our great party in keeping with the dictates of the independence of the legislature.

Finally, the NWC deliberated on the state of the party in Ekiti State and resolved that it only recognises the state Exco led by Chief Idowu Faleye. The NWC, however, summons all critical stakeholders in the party administration in Ekiti State to a meeting with the national leadership on the issues in the state chapter.

— July 29, 2015 @ 10.20 GMT

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