The Peoples Democratic Party has alleged that the Director of Department of State Service, Mr. Lawal Daura, is interfering with electoral matters currently before some election petitions tribunals.
The party 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.
Metuh said 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.”
Metuh added that his party was not happy with the dissolution of validly elected local government area executives in Plateau and Katsina states.
The two states are being governed by the All Progressives Congress.
He said the councils were dissolved by the affected state governments without any court judgment.
Metuh said in Rivers State, which is being governed by the PDP-led government and where councils chairmen and councillors were also sacked, the action was taken as a result of a court judgment.
Source: The Punch