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Akwa-Ibom: APC Confirms Involvement In Invasion, Tribunal Arm-Twisting, PDP Insists

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Monday, said the All Progressive Congress (APC), has now confirmed its culpability in a number of anti-democratic actions of government agencies lately, particularly the invasion of Akwa-Ibom State government house and interferences in the activities of that state’s election tribunal.

PDP National Publicity Secretary, Olisa Metuh, in a statement on Monday said in bringing out himself, through a press conference on Monday to attempt to explain the unlawful actions of the DSS, the APC spokesman, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, only succeeded in confirming that his party and the Federal Government, under President Muhammadu Buhari, are behind the invasion and the hounding of election officials to compromise the Akwa-Ibom governorship election tribunal and feloniously take over the state.

Metuh noted the weak attempt by the APC to defend the indefensible, stating that only “a desperate attempt at political shoplifting would drive the APC to engage in a miscarried effort to cover its culpability, by seeking to defend the condemnable actions of the DSS, a security and statutory apolitical organization, which has its internal system of public communication.”

The statement read in full, “By now Nigerians have become too familiar with the macabre dance by the APC spokesman, who has distinguished himself as a ‘renowned liar’; a shameless veteran in the ignoble art of deception.

“Our take is that the truth may be hidden for sometime, but it has a way of expressing itself to shame the guilty. We ask, what other reasons, other than a desperate cover up, would push a spokesman of a political party to stand in the gap to explain away the actions of the DSS when the security organization, has its own spokesperson and existing system of public communication?

“Is this not a confirmation of the fact that the DSS, under the direct command of an APC member, Alhaji Lawal Kaura, as Director General has since been politically annexed and working in cahoot with the leadership of the APC in its illegal operations in Akwa-Ibom and other PDP states?

“Perhaps, lacking in prowess to conjure believable fabrications to justify its dastardly actions, the DSS had to employ the services of APC master liar, who shamefully embark on excursions of falsehood.

“In fact, the contradictions in the claims in Alhaji Mohammed’s press conference betray it all. In trying to explain the invasion of the Akwa-Ibom state government house on behalf of the DSS, the APC chief propagandist controverted himself when he said, “we in the APC are not privy to the reasons for the DSS’ search of the Akwa Ibom Government House. However, we have no doubt that the security agency acted within its area of competence and authority’.

“We ask, if the DSS acted outside the knowledge of the APC as Lai Mohammed claimed, how would he validate his postulation that the agency acted within its area of competence and authority?

“Severally in the past, we have exposed the APC spokesman in terms of lying to deceive the nation. Recall that in May this year, Lai Mohammed nearly scuttled the transition programme when he issued a false statement alleging that the APC team was being frustrated, only for the head of the APC’s Transition Committee, Alhaji Ahmed Joda to announce that there was nothing of such.

“This is the same APC National Publicity Secretary, who in June 2014 issued a statement alleging that a plane carrying Kano state Governor Rabiu Kwankwaso to attend an APC rally in Ekiti was denied landing permission in Akure, only for Kwankwaso’s Director of Press Affairs, Baba Dantiye to announce that his boss was at another event in Kano and had no plans to travel to Ekiti state.

“Our response to Lai Mohammed is that at his age, he should learn to be truthful, honest and desist from fabricating lies that could be injurious to democracy and peaceful co-existence in the country, especially as no amount of falsehood, blackmail, propaganda, threats and procured testimonies will help his party in its illegal quest to takeover Akwa-Ibom and other PDP states.

“While we recall that this is the same method deployed in the past by these same characters to rob us of our victory in some southwest states, we stand by our position in insisting on the sanctity of the judicial processes and caution that we will not accept any move by any person whatsoever to rob us of our electoral victory in states where the people freely gave us their mandates.”