Interim govt: Where were you when MC Oluomo threatened violence, LP blasts DSS3 min read
The Labour Party has stated that Nigerians would not be intimidated by the Department of State Security (DSS) into abandoning their legitimate, legal right to seek judicial redress to reclaim their mandate which was freely given to the presidential candidate of the party, Mr Peter Obi.
The secret police on Tuesday disclosed that it has identified some key individuals plotting to truncate the May 29 handover to a new government and force an interim government in Nigeria.
According to the DSS in a statement by its image maker, Peter Afunanya, the plot by the identified individuals is to set aside the constitution and undermine civil rule, sponsor mass protests as well as plunge the country into an avoidable crisis in order to make way for the planned interim government.
The statement added that the individuals involved in the plot plan to obtain frivolous court injunctions to forestall the May 29 inauguration of new administrations and legislative houses at the Federal and State levels.
The DSS however vowed that it would work with all relevant organizations, individuals, and groups to ensure a seamless and successful inauguration on May 29, 2023, as promised by President Muhammadu Buhari to hand over to a new administration of the President-elect, Bola Tinubu.
The secret police, therefore, warned those plotting to thwart democracy in Nigeria to retract from their devious schemes and orchestrations.
However, while reacting to the statement of the DSS, the spokesman of the Labour Party, Dr. Yunusa Tanko, berated the secret police over the statement, wondering where the security agency was when the Lagos State Chairman of Parks Management Committee, Musiliu Akinsanya, popularly called MC Oluomo, threatened Igbos in the state.
He said that the DSS ought to have issued these warnings from the beginning to show Nigerians that this country belongs to everyone and not the personal fiefdom of an individual or a group.
Yunusa said, “We are certain that Nigerians who want to take back their country will not be intimidated or blackmailed into abandoning a legitimate course.
“As a party, we have submitted ourselves to pursuing the course of justice through constitutional means, it will not serve as the interest of democracy collapses in Nigeria.
“We will like to ask, where was the DSS when our members and other Nigerians were being attacked, maimed and killed especially in Lagos?
“Where was the DSS when MC Oluomo and his ilk were engaged in ethnic profiling and violence against Nigerians of a certain ethnic nationality over their democratic choices?
“We needed the DSS to step up its game then but it failed. If it had done what it was supposed to, our nation would have been better for it.
“Now that Nigerians have decided to follow laid down democratic procedures of drawing attention to injustice warnings and threats are being issued.
“The DSS ought to have issued these warnings from the beginning to show Nigerians that this country belongs to all of us and not the personal fiefdom of an individual or a group.
“We urge the DSS to send these words of caution to those bigots who are pushing this country to the brink of disaster with their utterances and violent conduct against other peace-loving Nigerians who do not subscribe to their political views or speak their language.”