MEMBERS OF the Ekiti
State House of Assembly
have accused President
Muhammadu Buhari of
using the Department
of State Services, DSS,
to intimidate and harass
the Peoples’ Democratic
Party, PDP, lawmakers
to succumb to the wishes
of the All Progressives
Congress, APC,
preparatory to the 2018
governorship election.
Penultimate Friday,
four members of the
Ekiti Assembly were
picked up by officials of
the Department of State
Services, DSS, and the
protesting lawmakers have
asked Buhari to direct
his security operatives to
release them.
Briefing newsmen at
the National Assembly
complex in Abuja, the
Chairman, Ekiti House
Committee on Information,
Honourable Gboyega
Aribisogan, said the call for
their release has become
imperative because the
DSS would not embark
on such action without
presidential approval.
“Like we have maintained
plotters of evil against the
government of Ayodele
Fayose and by extension
the people of Ekiti State
will not get our support.
We, members of the State
House of Assembly are
prepared to spend the rest
of our tenure in DSS cell,
instead of plotting against
our leader and mentor,
Governor Ayodele Fayose”,
he maintained.
Speaking further, he
said that, “Gone are those
days in Nigeria when
impeachment notices
against governors were
signed on the table of the
Chairman of the Economic
and Financial Crimes
Commission (EFCC) and
this time around, if the
DSS is programmed to play
the role played by the EFCC
under former President
Obasanjo, it will fail”.
“Also, if this harassment
and intimidation is about
2018, we wish to state
unequivocally that we
in the PDP are fully on
ground in Ekiti. We are not
playing diaspora politics
like the APC and Nigerians
should be rest assured that
the APC will be defeated
once again.
“We won’t be intimidated
by any agency of the
federal government, the
DSS inclusive. We have
also been told that some
of us have been slated for
arrest and detention and
it is on this note that we
have come to inquire from
the DSS those of us they
still want to arrest so that
we can turn ourselves in
without giving them the
stress of coming down to
“The DSS can also go
ahead and publish the
names of our members that
they want to arrest so that
we will know who among
us to bring to Abuja.
“Alternatively, the DSS
can keep the entire 26
members of the Ekiti State
House of Assembly in their
custody for as long as they
desire so that it will be easy
for them to call anyone of
us for questioning at any
time of the day”, he stated.

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