APC Threatens To Drag Ogar To Court
The All Progressives Congress (APC) has threatened to drag the spokesperson of the Directorate of Security Service (DSS), Marilyn Ogar, for allegedly attempting to blame the APC for the series of bomb blasts across the country.
It also condemned what it described as a thinly-veiled attempt to link the party with the insurgent group, Boko Haram, without an evidence to back her claims.
In a statement issued in Ilorin on Saturday by APC’s National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party said suing Ogar would give her the opportunity to present whatever evidence she may have to prove the party’s complicity in the spate of bombings in the country.
According to the party, the DSS threw caution to the wind and exhibited its crass partisanship when the agency’s spokesperson, Ogar, purportedly said on national television that anytime the APC won an election, there would be no bomb blast, but that whenever other parties win, there would be bomb blast.
“That this incredulous accusation could be made by the spokesperson of a security agency, without providing a scintilla of evidence to support such claim, has confirmed our fears that the nation’s security agencies have now constituted themselves into the enforcement arm of the Peoples Democratic Party.
“For the DSS spokesperson to echo the same capricious statement that has been made in the past by the spokesman of the PDP shows that the agency has dropped its toga of non-partisanship and has descended into the political fray. If the DSS has any professional ethics, if DSS is not an arm of the PDP, then the agency must publicly dissociate itself from the irresponsible and unfounded allegation by Ogar and disengage her from the service.
“Doing that will be the first step in restoring the credibility, or whatever is left of it, of the DSS. In the alternative, we challenge the DSS to present to Nigerians any evidence it may have linking our party to the spate of bomb blasts in the country. After all, it is trite that he who alleges must prove,” APC said.
Meanwhile, the All Progressives Youth Forum said in a statement on Saturday that it was planning to organise a nationwide thanksgiving with special Sunday church service and umma’at prayers over the reported planned defection of former Governor of Borno State, Ali Modu Sheriff from the APC to PDP.
The statement indicated that the forum’s chairman, Ismail Ahmed, received the news with joy because he considered Sheriff’s alleged defection to PDP as the best thing that would ever happen to the life of the party due to what he termed “strategic blackmail of the APC by the PDP using Sheriff’s alleged links with the Boko Haram, regardless whether Sheriff was guilty or not.”