The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Wednesday, July 29, 2015 alleged that the new Director General of the Department of State Services, Lawal Daura, is a member of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
The allegation was made by the Acting National Chairman of the PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, while addressing newsmen in Abuja after a meeting with the National Working Committee (NWC).
According to Secondus, Daura was the chairman of the Intelligence Committee of the APC Presidential Campaign Council and as such should not occupy an office that needed him to stay impartial.
His words: “The NWC notes that this unfortunate development has been the case since the appointment of the new Director General of the DSS, Alhaji Lawal 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. The President should review his appointment.
“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.”
President Buhari appointed Lawal Daura, his kinsman from his hometown in Katsina on July 2, as head of the DSS after firing Ita Ekpeyong. Daura was recalled from retirement as he had retired from the service of the DSS when he reached the mandatory age of 60 according to the Civil Service rules of Nigeria.