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PDP govs accuses APC of using DSS to stifle opposition

20 August 2015, 14:02

Abuja - Governors elected under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has described the alleged meddlesomeness of the Department of State Services (DSS) in petitions before Election Tribunals as attempt by the All Progressives Congress (APC) to suppress the party, reports New Telegraph.

The governors under the aegis of the PDP Governors’ Forum noted that the interference of DSS in election tribunal matters especially in PDP controlled states of Akwa Ibom, Rivers and Abia is against the spirit, ethos, values and fundamental tenets of democratic norms and tradition.

Also read: APC, PDP senators bicker over anti-graft war

The forum in a communiqué at the end of its fourth post-election meeting on Wednesday in Abuja, expressed worry at ‎a situation where officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in these three States, were allegedly being arrested, detained and questioned on election-related offences, even when the cases are on-going at the tribunals.

The communiqué, which was read by by the forum’s chairman, Governor Olusegun Mimiko of Ondo State, noted that the DSS’s action spells doom and poses imminent danger to the nation’s fledgling democracy.

The forum noted that there were clear cases of under-aged voters in some states and wondered why the DSS did not investigate a single person or made any arrest.

Read more at New Telegraph.

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