A group, Rivers Renaissance for Transparency Project, RRTP, has criticised the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, National Assembly members from Rivers State for their protest letter against the Department of State Service, DSS.
In a letter signed by its Director or of Publicity and Communication, Dr. David Abiye David West, the group alleged that all the authors of the protest of blackmail against the DSS were respondents to petitions in the election petition tribunal for cases ranging from unparallel degree of irregularity to outright non-conduct of election by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in Rivers State during the March 28 presidential and National Assembly election, as well as that of the April 11 governorship and House of Assembly elections.
Criticising members of both Houses of the National Assembly, the RRTP said they entered therein by fraud, the reason for which they decided to jump the gun by making frivolous allegation of meddlesomeness in their case in the tribunal against the DSS.
Rivers Renaissance for Transparency Project accused the petitioners of attempting to hoodwink the general public and divert the attention of the security agencies from doing their job the best way they know it.
The group recalled that Rivers State members in the National Assembly were only the ones worried about the invitation of ‘selective’ INEC commissioners for questioning by the DSS.
Expressing confidence in the integrity of President Muhammadu Buhari, they said, ‘’we are happy to note that the signatories to this spurious protest letter acknowledge that President Buhari is determined to instil discipline and reposition the country and various agencies and institutions (including the DSS) for greater heights.’’
Arguing that a clear conscience fears no accusation, the group advised the petitioners whom it described as having stolen the mandate of the people to find themselves at Abuja, to show remorse and appreciate the fact that they are currently standing trial at the Election Petition Tribunal as respondents to a petition questioning the matter of non-election in Rivers State.
Defending the action of the DSS it posited; “we don’t think it is the responsibility of candidates in an election who are defending the issue of fraud raised in the same election to defend the conductor (umpire) of the said fraudulent election that is under scrutiny. How did the signatories to the petition under reference know the reason why the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Rivers State, Mrs Gesila Khan, was invited by the DSS? Why didn’t representatives from other states of the federation whose resident electoral commissioners were invited, raise the same alarm, if those from Rivers State are not out for mischief?
”The group canvassed that there was no election in Rivers State on March 28 and April 11. Even the children born on those dates will remember that. All the guns imported into the state to unleash mayhem on unsuspecting citizens are now being used to kidnap and kill innocent residents.”

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