by Godwin Akanfe
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has condemned what it called a thinly-veiled attempt by the Directorate of Security Service (DSS) to link the party with the insurgent group Boko Haram, without providing a shred of evidence to support the allegation. In a press release issued by party spokesman, Lai Mohammed, the APC also called on the DSS’s spokesperson, Marilyn Ogar to either resign or failing that, be fired by the Federal Government.
In the statement, the party called on the National Assembly to invite the Director-General of the DSS to explain if Ogar’s partisan stance represents the official position of the service on the spate of bomb blasts in the country; if indeed
N14 billion was offered as a bribe to the DSS and by who; and why the DSS has chosen to descend to the political fray at the expense of its professionalism and national loyalty.
Mohammed also said that the APC has decided to sue Ogar for attempting to blame it for the series of bomb blasts in the country. The lawsuit, according to Mohammed, is to give her the opportunity to present whatever evidence she may have of the APC’s complicity in a court of law.
“Ogar threw caution to the wind and exhibited its crass partisanship when on national television she claimed that any time the APC wins an election, there is no bomb blast, but that whenever other parties win, there is always a bomb blast,” Mohammed said. “That this incredulous accusation could be made by the spokesperson of a security agency, without providing a scintilla of evidence to support such claim, has confirmed our fears that the nation’s security agencies have now constituted themselves into the enforcement arm of the PDP.
“For the DSS Spokesperson to echo the same capricious statement that has been made in the past by the spokesman of the PDP shows that the agency has dropped its toga of non-partisanship and has descended into the political fray. If the DSS has any professional ethics, if DSS is not an arm of the PDP, then the agency must publicly dissociate itself from the irresponsible and unfounded allegation by Ogar and disengage her from the service.
“Doing that will be the first step in restoring the credibility, or whatever is left of it, of the DSS. In the alternative, we challenge the DSS to present to Nigerians any evidence it may have linking our party to the spate of bomb blasts in the country. After all, it is trite that he who alleges must prove,” Mohammed added.
The party said since the APC won the election in Osun, Ogar has been struggling hard to discredit the party and its victory, including making a spurious allegation that the party offered the DSS 14 million naira as a bribe and also trying to make a joke of the arrest of the party’s spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, for no other reason than that he belongs to the opposition.