The national leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party on Wednesday alleged that the Director General of the Department of State Services, Mr. Lawal Daura, is a member of the governing party, the All Progressives Congress.
With this, the opposition party therefore said that there was no way Daura could preside over the nation’s security apparatus without being partial.
Acting National Chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, stated this at a press briefing in Abuja.
He spoke after the weekly meeting of the members of the National Working Committee of the party.
The briefing was witnessed by members of the NWC.
Secondus alleged that Daura was the chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the APC Presidential Campaign Council.
He said the party decided to address the press conference with the aim of bringing to the notice of Nigerians and the international community, happenings in the country.
Secondus said, “The NWC notes that this unfortunate development has been the case since the appointment of the new Director General of the DSS, Alhaji Lawal 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. The President should review his appointment.
“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.”
In his reaction, the National Publicity Secretary of the APC, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, said his party sympathised with the PDP.
Mohammed told our correspondent that it was obvious that the PDP could no longer cope with the popularity of President Muhammadu Buhari, hence the desire of the opposition party to fabricate stories.
Besides, he wondered whether being a member of the Intelligence Committee of the APC Presidential Campaign was enough to disqualify Daura, if indeed he was a member.
He said, “We clearly understand the difficulty of the PDP and honestly sympathise with them. In less than two months, President Buhari’s administration is such a roaring success and the President’s popularity growing daily that the PDP has to fabricate stories aimed at discrediting the APC led government.
“Unfortunately, Nigerians are not falling for the gimmick. Nigerians are seeing concrete evidence of good governance, including but not limited to improved power supply, transparency in governance, readmission into the comity of civilised nations and new pride and confidence in being a Nigerian.
“If the PDP wants, they can hold 10 press conferences a day. As long as the President continues to justify the expectations of Nigerians their press conferences will only serve as entertainment to relieve boredom.”(Punch)