By Nuel Suji
Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) Senators yesterday accused the Department of States Security Services(DSS) of forcing official Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to recant their signatures to election documents in Abia, Akwa-Ibom and Rivers states
Addressing Journalists in company of PDP senators, the Minority Leader of the Senate, Senator Godswill Akpabio condemned arrest of INEC officials in the affected states by DSS.
In his words,” we condemned these arrest, describe them as illegal, a total misplacement of priority, a waste of taxpayers money in economically challenging time, and a serious threat to democracy, should DSS succeed in the coercing electoral officials of INEC to recants their signatures to documents and there from obtain undeserved victories in Tribunals for APC- what imagine would have been created for Nigeria’s democracy?
” It is on this ground that we condemn in particular what is happening in Akwa-Ibom, Rivers and Abia states where election umpires are daily arrested, their families and associates hounded, and judicial officers involved in election tribunals intimidated and questioning using trumped up petitions bordering on corruption.
“We call on the Mr. President to intervene and refrains the DSS from partisanship.
”The crusade against corruption undertaken by the APC -led Federal Government and here by declare her support to help rid Nigeria of corruption.
” However the caucus is not happy with current. Trend that seems to suggest that the war against corruption is selective and targeted at PDP stalwart and states. The current war lacks transparency, fairness to all and appears to be aimed at political adversaries.
”Yet these officials were part of the 2015 elections that produced President Buhari, an election adjudged to be generally free and fair by the international community.”