The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that the Director-General of Department of State Service, Mr. Lawal Daura, is interfering with electoral matters currently before some election petitions tribunals.
It further alleged that Daura had even invited some security chiefs and some members of election petitions tribunals with the aim of interrogating them.
National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja on Wednesday.
According to Metuh, members of the National Working Committee arrived at this decision after their meeting in Abuja. He said, “The National Working Committee of the PDP has uncovered a plot by the newly-appointed DG, DSS to intervene and interfere with political issues, especially tribunal matters.
“In that regard, the NWC has been made aware that the new Director General of DSS has even invited some people in relation to Rivers tribunal and other states in trying to discuss such matters with tribunal members.
“The PDP alerts the national and international community that this is a gross interference with democratic affairs and that it can lead to authoritarian regime.
“PDP decries attempts to enthrone draconian regime where security forces and other apparatus of the ruling party will decide to be influencing election matters and outcome on behalf of the ruling party”.
The PDP spokesman added that his party was not happy with the dissolution of validly elected local government area executives in Plateau and Katsina states, which are being governed by the All Progressives Congress.
He said the councils were dissolved by the affected state governments without recourse to the courts, pointing out that in Rivers, which is being governed by the PDP, councils’ chairmen and councillors were also sacked but as a result of a court judgment.