The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that the All Progressives Congress has now confirmed its culpability in a number of what it described as anti-democratic actions of government agencies lately, particularly the alleged invasion of Akwa-Ibom State Government House by the Department of State Service and interference in the activities of the state’s election petitions tribunal.
The PDP said in bringing out himself, through a press conference on Monday to attempt to explain the unlawful actions of the DSS, the APC spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, only succeeded in confirming that his party and the Federal Government, under President Muhammadu Buhari, were the masterminds of the invasion and the hounding of election officials to compromise the Akwa-Ibom governorship election tribunal.
PDP National Publicity Secretary, Chief Olisa Metuh, in a statement in Abuja on Monday, said the PDP has noted the attempt by the APC to defend the indefensible, stating that only “a desperate attempt at political shoplifting would drive the APC to engage in a miscarried effort to cover its culpability, by seeking to defend the condemnable actions of the DSS, a security and statutory apolitical organization, which has its internal system of public communication”.
Metuh said that by now, Nigerians should know that though the truth may be hidden for some time, but it has a way of expressing itself to shame the guilty.
According to him, “We ask, what other reasons, other than a desperate cover up, would push a spokesman of a political party to stand in the gap to explain away the actions of the DSS when the security organization has its own spokesperson and existing system of public communication?
“Is this not a confirmation of the fact that the DSS, under the direct command of Alhaji Lawal Kaura as Director General, has since been politically annexed and working in cohort with the leadership of the APC in its operations in Akwa-Ibom and other PDP states?
“In fact, the contradictions in the claims in Alhaji Mohammed’s press conference betray it all. In trying to explain the invasion of the Akwa-Ibom state government house on behalf of the DSS, the APC chief propagandist controverted himself when he said, ‘we in the APC are not privy to the reasons for the DSS’ search of the Akwa Ibom Government House. However, we have no doubt that the security agency acted within its area of competence and authority.’
“We ask, if the DSS acted outside the knowledge of the APC as Lai Mohammed claimed, how would he validate his postulation that the agency acted within its area of competence and authority?”