***Zakari, Buhari’s relation
MALACHY UZENDU, Deputy Editor, Abuja
NATIONAL Working Committee (NWC) of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) at the end of its meeting yesterday condemned what it described as “over zealour activities” of the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), insisting that the Director-General of the body, Alhaji Lawal Musa Daura should be removed from office.
In particular, PDP claims that Daura was a “card-carrying member” of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), insisting that Daura was a critical stakeholder of Intelligence of the APC just as General AbdulrahmanDambazzau, headed the party’s security.
Similarly, PDP called for the removal of Mrs. Amina Zakari, as the acting chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), claiming the woman is a blood relation of President Buhari.
Addressing the press after the PDP-NWC meeting, acting national chairman, Prince Uche Secondus said they decided to bring the issues to the public because they constituted “disturbing development in the polity which, if not nipped in the bud, might significantly affect our democracy and stability as a nation negatively, and that is the growing and unwarranted”.
According to him, the “intrusion of some over-zealous security operatives on issues bordering purely on politics, in particular, the continued intimidation, harassment as well as the hounding, arrest and detention of Electoral Officers and members of election tribunals by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and other PDP states” calls for serious concern.
“The NWC notes that this unfortunate development has been the case since the appointment of the new Director General of the DSS, Alhaji Lawal Musa 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.
“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.
“Similarly, we urge Mr. President to take a critical look at the issue of the appointment of Mrs. Amina Zakari as Acting Chairman of INEC for which our party has severally raised some salient issues why she is not suitable for that position.
“It is incontrovertible that Mrs. Zakari by virtue of her blood relationship with Mr. President cannot preside over the affairs of an Independent National Electoral Commission.
“Nigeria belongs to all of us irrespective of political, religious and ethnic affiliation and as a responsible political party we shall not fold our hands and watch while our nation drift along dangerous line”.
The party also commended and the PDP caucuses in the Senate and the House of Representatives on the smooth emergence of the Minority leadership in the National Assembly, adding that the processes were without any interferences whatsoever from the leadership of the party.