dssNational leadership of the
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, last
night raised the alarm that officials
of the Department of State Security,
DSS and a ministerial nominee, on
Friday, summoned members of
Rivers State governorship election
tribunal to dictate the judgement of
the tribunal.
Addressing an impromptu
press conference at Legacy
House, Maitama Abuja, the PDP
national publicity secretary, Chief
Olisa Metuh, said the party has
incontrovertible evidence of the
secret meeting and challenged
the DSS to deny the claims of the
According to Chief Metuh, the
DSS is now deeply involved in
the plot to hijack the judgement
of the election tribunal instead of
engaging in security matters.
“There is a plot by the DSS
to hijack the judgement of the
governorship election tribunals,
especially in states controlled by
the PDP. The DSS summoned the
tribunal judges to dictate what
judgment they were to deliver in
the cases before them.
“ In the case of Rivers State, we
have incontrovertible evidence
DSS summoned the tribunal
members and try to dictate the
judgement of the tribunal.”
Metuh said the DSS are
working in concert with a
ministerial nominee to subvert the
course of justice and called on the
Chief Justice of Nigeria to quickly
intervene to save the judiciary
from undue interference by the
“We want to inform the Chief
Judge of Nigeria of what is
happening and it is incumbent on
him to defend the judiciary.”
PDP lamented that instead of
concentrating on security matters,
the DSS has abandoned its
primary responsibility to engage
in partisan politics, which is alien
to alien to security community.
“Our warning is that if this
continues unabated it will be
difficult for people to have
confidence in the judiciary. The
CJN must intervene now. Enough
is enough. People did not vote for
the DSS to determine the outcome
of the election tribunals.
“Let the DSS face security
matters and allow the tribunals
to handle election matters. We
dare the DSS to deny they are
interfering with the tribunals, we
have incontrovertible evidence of
the meeting they held yesterday
(Friday),” he said.

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