Osun - The All Progressives Congress (APC) has accused the Department of State Services (DSS) of partisanship and unprofessional conduct during the recent election in Osun State.
This is despite the party's candidate, Rauf Aregbesola, retaining the governorship seat.
In a statement issued in Abuja today by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party also said the spokesperson for the agency, Marilyn Ogar, should be "properly trained and given the necessary exposure so she can speak with knowledge and facts, instead of making baseless and incautious statements."
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''It is sad that a spokesperson for the DSS does not know there is no offence called 'loitering' under Nigerian laws. For her to now go on national television to say the APC's National Publicity Secretary was arrested for 'loitering' in Osogbo on the eve of the state's governorship election is the height of ignorance and constitutes a great embarrassment to DSS," said the party.
''It is even worse that the so-called spokesperson, ever so glib, would make a joke out of such a faux pas by an agency that is supposed to be non-partisan and highly professionalized," APC added.
Ogar was not available for comment.
APC meanwhile said by spearheading the mass arrest of its leaders and members in Osun before and during the August 9 governorship election in the state, and by preventing a rally Aregbesola planned, the DSS had technically lent its support to the ruling party.
''How many PDP leaders were arrested in Osun? If the rally by the NLC had been planned in support of the PDP candidate, Senator Iyiola Omisore, would the DSS have aborted it? Why must the DSS send hooded gunmen to police an election that is a civic matter? Does Ogar bother to read and understand the Nigerian constitution to know the rights of the citizens?'' asked APC.
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It denied allegations that the party tried to bribe the DSS with US$14 million before the Osun election.
''Apparently, Ms. Ogar has never head of a 'sting operation' that is widely used by security agencies to catch a person who is committing a crime. The allegation by Ms. Ogar would have been sweet in her mouth had the DSS mounted a sting operation to catch whoever was offering the alleged bribe, and then prosecute him or her,'' the party said, calling the allegation "cheap blackmail."
Ahead of the election, APC had queried the political atmosphere in Osun State, where it alleged DSS officials were harassing prospective voters.
Government denied the allegation.
- CAJ News