The All Progressives Congress, APC, has debunked the allegation made by the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) that Mr Lawal Daura, the Director-General of the State Security Services, SSS, is a card-carrying member of the party.
The party stated this in a statement issued in Lagos by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed.
It asked the PDP to produce Daura’s membership card or evidence of his membership registration to prove that he is indeed a member of the APC as alleged.
The APC said the PDP allegation was informed by fear of the unknown as it was afraid because it was aware of the kind of impunity perpetrated under the federal government it misled from 1999 to 2015.
The statement reads: “While it amounts to rabble-rousing and crass politicking for the PDP to have wrongly accused Mr Daura of being a member of the APC without a scintilla of credible evidence, the PDP has weakened its argument by using the pictures in which Mr. Daura appeared with the President and the fact that he served in an election committee as evidence of his membership of the APC.
“Possession of an APC membership card by Mr Daura or evidence of registration as a party member at his ward, local government or state will be the only conclusive evidence of his membership of the party.
“Until such an evidence is produced, we are sorry we have to tell the PDP to shut up!”
APC also drew comparisons with PDP appointments, stressing that PDP had forgotten the saying that he who must come to equity must come with clean hands.
The statement continued: “When Mr. Mike Okiro chaired the Security Committee of the PDP campaign in 2011, did that prevent him from being appointed the Chair of the Police Service Commission, which is responsible for issues concerning the welfare, promotion and discipline of all police personnel, in 2013?
“When the Director-General of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Mike Omeri, was appointed into the Jonathan Election Committee in 2015, did he resign his appointment as head of the agency or did he automatically become a card-carrying member of the PDP?
“Did retired Col. Kayode Are not become the DG of the DSS despite being a close confidante of Gen. Obasanjo during his electioneering campaign to become President? Was this not under a PDP Federal Government?
“In any case, even in the world’s most advanced democracy, United States, was a card-carrying Democrat, Mr. Leon Panetta, not named as head of the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) by President Barack Obama in 2009? Here in Nigeria, the APC-led FG has not even gone that far, and the PDP is blabbing.
“It is an irony that the APC-led Federal Government, which has continued to conduct the affairs of state with a strict adherence to the law, is the one being accused by the immoral, irresponsible and grossly hypocritical PDP. A party that should cover its face in shame for wasting all of 16 years in the life of our country, a party whose members should show penance by hunkering down has continued to assault the sensibilities of a decent nation. What a shame.”
Daura, who was appointed SSS boss early July, served on the security committee of the APC presidential campaign for which the PDP has accused him of serving the interest of APC at the SSS.