PDP Reacts To Sacking Of DSS Boss
The Vice President of Nigeria may have touched the soft part of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) when he took the decision to sack the Director-General of Department of State Services (DSS), Lawal Daura, over the barricade of the National Assembly entrance by officials of the security agency.
After Daura was sacked on Tuesday, the PDP expressed joy over the decision of the Vice President.
The National Vice-Chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), South-South, Mr Emmanuel Ogidi, said Daura's sacking was good relief and victory for democracy.
Ogidi told the News Agency of Nigeria in Abuja that Daura misused the service, misdirecting from its role, to the pedestal of Gestapo and instrument of persecution.
He deplored Tuesday’s blockade at National Assembly by operatives of the Service, describing it as “coup against Nigeria’s democracy’’.
Ogidi said that such action, which was obviously ordered by the sacked director-general and his cohorts, was inimical to growth of the country’s nascent democracy and should not be tolerated by any lover of democracy.
According to him, it is unfortunate that the personnel of the DSS, an agency which is supposed to secure the nation, took over the National Assembly, the pillar of democracy.
“It is unfortunate that the All Progressives Congress (APC)-led government allowed this to happen with the aim to impeach the leadership of the National Assembly.
“It is also unfortunate that they are holding the country hostage; it is a coup against Nigeria’s democracy and nobody should support it.’’
On the call on the National Assembly to suspend their recess to attend to issues considered as national importance, the vice chairman said that everybody knew that the call was part of attempt to impeach the assembly’s leadership.
“The request is not in the interest of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), nor for the electorate waiting to cast their votes in the 2019 general elections.’’
He advised those behind the plot to ensure that the leadership of the National Assembly was not removed by any illegal means.
“My advice is that whatever they want to do let them do it legally, because even if they do that nobody will take them serious.
“Nigerians should open their eyes. The elite and the uneducated should know that our democracy is in danger.
“When there is no democracy, what is that? We are not a banana republic," he added.
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