Posted by News Express | 2 August 2015 | 2,299 times
The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Akwa Ibom State has described as a confirmation of its fears, the statement credited to the Publicity Secretary of the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), Alhaji Lai Mohammed, that operatives of the State Security Service(SSS) were working for the political interest of the APC in Akwa Ibom and Rivers States.
The Akwa Ibom State Chairman of the party, Obong Paul Ekpo, stated this while reacting to the interview granted the AIT by Alhaji Lai Mohammed on the presence and involvement of the operatives in the electoral process in the two predominantly PDP states.
”Mohammed, while featuring on a cable television interview programme, Kakaaki on African Independent Television(AIT) on Friday, confirmed the fears being expressed by our party, the PDP that the SSS operatives were carrying out the agenda of the ruling APC in Akwa Ibom and Rivers states. The interview was transmitted live across the globe so it is not hearsay. You can ask the station for the tape if you are in doubt,” he declared.
According to Ekpo, “The APC told the whole world that the SSS operatives were in Akwa Ibom and Rivers State in order to assist the party in giving force to a court order. The question then is, when and where has the constitutional duty of the SSS become that of enforcing a court order? What then is the role of the police? So when we raised the alarm that we were under siege by the SSS working in tandem with the ruling party, we were not taken serious, but now that they have come out to clear the air, I think we would be taken serious next time.”
Few days ago, the party in the state issued a statement that it was worried by the spate of harassment of its members and the manner the DSS was aiding and abetting the opposition at the venue of the electoral tribunal currently sitting in Abuja.
•Photo shows Ekpo.
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