Abuja - The All Progressives Congress has lashed out at the Department State Service (DSS) following allegations the opposition aimed to compromise next month’s general election.
According to the main opposition party, the ‘findings’ presented to the media by the agency were “a great disservice to Nigeria and an embarrassment to all intelligence-gathering organizations around the world.”
The party, in a statement, its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, issued in Abuja, described the timing of the release of the so-called findings as a plot orchestrated in collusion with the ruling People’s Democratic Party to distract the APC from its ongoing campaigns for the elections.
It described as “disingenuous, flimsy, premeditated, partisan and an irritant” the conclusion that the APC had an articulated plan to inflate the party’s membership data as well as hack into INEC’s voter registration database through the creation of party membership forms and cards to match Independent National Electoral Commission’s voters register across the country.
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“First the DSS and the PDP said the APC was cloning Permanent Voters Cards at the raided office, without a shred of evidence. Now, after a ‘painstaking’ investigation, the DSS has found out that the APC was only planning to inflate its membership data and then hack into INEC’s database. And this is the outcome of its massive, months-long investigations?” quipped APC.
“We have always warned that our democracy is in clear and present danger, not just from desperate politicians, but also from institutions of state that have compromised in their roles and resorted to crass lawlessness.
The DSS’ ‘findings’ today have given us another reason to repeat this warning.”
APC said while it was willing to meet the DSS in court, it could confidently say that the ‘confessions’ extracted from the arrested persons, after they were subjected to incredible acts of torture, could not stand in any court of law.
The DSS’ ‘findings’ follow raids on the opposition’s data centre in Lagos last year.
- CAJ News