The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of crass partisanship and unprofessional conduct over its actions and comments on the August 9, governorship election in Osun State.
In a statement issued in Abuja yesterday by its national publicity secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, APC also said the spokesperson for the DSS, Ms Marilyn Ogar, should be given proper training and all the necessary exposure so she can speak with knowledge and facts, instead of making baseless and incautious statements.
“It is sad that a spokesperson for the DSS does not know that there is no offence called ‘loitering’ under Nigerian laws. For her to now go on national television to say the APC’s national publicity secretary was arrested for ‘loitering’ in Osogbo on the eve of the state’s governorship election is the height of ignorance and constitutes a great embarrassment to DSS.
“It is even worse that the so-called spokesperson, ever so glib, would make a joke out of such a faux pas by an agency that is supposed to be non-partisan and highly professionalized. How on earth will any human being not be disoriented when 15 hooded gunmen arrest him/her and point their weapons at his/her head as they did to me on that night in Osogbo?
“How can a spokesperson for such a sensitive government agency not understand that the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria provides for freedom of movement? On what basis is Ms Ogar questioning what the APC’s national publicity secretary was doing in Osun, when the same fellow has not questioned the presence of Musiliu Obanikoro, Chris Uba and the likes in the same state, or are those people from Osun State?
“Was it not publicly announced that the APC was moving its headquarters to Osun to give support to Governor Rauf Aregbesola? Why didn’t Ms Ogar question the presence of President Goodluck Jonathan or Vice President Namadi Sambo in Osun when they came too, if she was being fair? It is sad that Ms Ogar has turned herself to the spokesperson of the PDP by echoing what that party has said on the Osun election. This is unprofessional and irresponsible”, it said.