APC Berates DSS Over El-Rufai

Kaduna Governor

The All Progressives Congress (APC) has criticized what it called the harassment of its Deputy National Secretary, Mr. Nasir El-Rufai, by the Department of State Security (DSS), saying it amounts to witch-hunt.

Armed men of the State Security Services on Friday stormed the residence of El-Rufai in Abuja demanding for him to taken to their office for questioning over a statement credited to him that there would be violence in Nigeria in 2015 should there be election rigging.

In a statement by the Interim National Publicity Secretary of APC, Mr. Lai Mohammed, said it was shocking that the DSS was seeking to arrest El-Rufai, arguing that its deputy national secretary was merely exercising his constitutional right of free speech.

APC argued that there was nothing inciting or extraordinary in the statement credited to Malam El-Rufai that there might be violence if the 2015 general elections were not free and fair.

The statement said: “What our Deputy National Secretary said is a statement of fact and should not warrant any harassment, unless of course the DSS is saying that the 2015 general elections will not be free and fair.”

”The statement is a matter of cause and effect and amounts to a patriotic call for the 2015 general elections to be free, fair and credible. If this statement now rankles the DSS, then the department has a lot of explanation to do to convince Nigerians that it was not engaging in a witch-hunt, considering the case instituted by Malam El-Rufai against it (DSS) over his illegal detention in a hotel in Akwa during the Anambra governorship poll last November,” the party said

It wondered why the DSS has suddenly found its agility, after playing dead when people like Chief Edwin Clark, Asari Dokubo and Chukwuemeka Ezeife issued a direct threat to Nigeria’s continued existence over President Goodluck Jonathan’s second term ambition.

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