DSS ‘Identifies’ Key Politicians Plotting to Set Up Interim Government ahead of May 29 Handover to Tinubu
- Ahead of the May 29 handover, the Department of State Services (DSS) has confirmed some politicians' moves to install an interim government
- This was disclosed in a statement released by the spokesperson of the security agency on Wednesday, March 29
- The DSS warned those behind the plot and expressed its support for President Buhari's commitment to handing over to President-elect Bola Tinubu on Moy 29
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FCT, Abuja - The Department of State Services (DSS) says it has confirmed a clandestine plot by some politicians to install an interim government in Nigeria.
President Muhammadu Buhari is scheduled to hand over to the president-elect, Bola Tinubu, on May 29.
However, some politicians have been asking the president not to swear Tinubu in as they argue that the election won by the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate was not credible.
In a statement released on Wednesday, March 29, the spokesperson of the DSS, Peter Afunanya, said secret police have indeed confirmed moves by some politicians to prevent Tinubu from taking over from President Buhari.
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The statement read in part:
“The Department of State Services (DSS) has identified some key players in the plot for an interim government of Nigeria.
“The Services considers the plot, being pursued by these entrenched interests, as not only an aberration but a mischievous way to set aside the constitution and undermine the rule of law as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis.
“The illegality is totally unacceptable in a democracy and to the peace loving Nigerians. This is even more so that the machination is taking place after the peaceful conduct of the elections in most parts of the country.”
Interim government: How the politicians are planning to execute the plan - DSS
Meanwhile, the DSS said the interim government planners have held many meetings where they hatched how to carry out the plot.
The security agency said the unnamed politicians are considering sponsoring endless violent mass protests in major cities to warrant a declaration of State of Emergency.
They are also planning to obtain frivolous court injunctions to forestall the inauguration of new executive administrations and legislative houses at the Federal and State levels.
We are in support of Buhari's plan to hand over on May 29 - DSS
Condemning the plot, the DSS said it supports President Muhammadu Buhari's avowed commitment to a hitch-free handover and will assiduously work in this direction.
The agency said it also supports the Presidential Transition Council and such other related bodies in the states, adding that it will collaborate with them and sister security and law enforcement agencies to ensure seamless inaugurations come May 29.
The DSS equally warned those organising to thwart democracy in the country to retract from their devious schemes and orchestrations.
"Stakeholders, notably judicial authorities, media and the Civil Society, are enjoined to be watchful and cautious to avoid being used as instruments to subvert peace and stability of the nation.
"While its monitoring continues, the DSS will not hesitate to take decisive and necessary legal steps against these misguided elements to frustrate their obnoxious intentions," the statement concluded.