The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has accused the recently appointed director general of the Directorate of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, of being a card carrying member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The PDP also called on President Muhammadu Buhari to call Daura to order, and to see to it that the agency does not dabble into electoral matters.
The PDP said the new director general of the SSS, Lawal Daura, had been a card carrying member of the All Progressives Congress, APC, and must be cautioned.
In a statement released yesterday by the National Working Committee (NWC) and seen by Premium Times, the party wrote;
"The NWC brings to the attention of President Muhammadu Buhari to some disturbing development in the polity which, if not nipped in the bud, might significantly affect our democracy and stability as a nation negatively, and that is the growing and unwarranted intrusion of some over-zealous security operatives on issues bordering purely on politics.
"In particular, the NWC wishes to draw the attention of the President to the continued intimidation, harassment as well as the hounding, arrest and detention of Electoral Officers and members of election tribunals by operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS) in Rivers, Akwa-Ibom and other PDP states.
"The NWC notes that this unfortunate development has been the case since the appointment of the new Director General of the DSS, Lawal Musa Daura, whom we learnt was a critical intelligence stakeholder of the APC as a card-carrying member of that party during the campaigns. This is ungodly and unacceptable.
"We do hope that in his new job, the Director General of DSS is not mixing issues on the APC presidential candidate and the President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria, hence the need for Mr. President to rein him in as the development is capable of eroding the cherished independence of the judiciary and the electoral commission, a sine qua non for a virile democracy, which guarantees our unity and stability as a nation."
Meanwhile, the PDP chapter in Akwa Ibom state has raised alarm over what they described as constant harassment of its members by operatives of DSS at the venue of the state's election petition tribunal sitting in Abuja.