The ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), again on Monday denied alleged knowledge in the Directorate of State Security (DSS) search of the Akwa Ibom State Government House.

Addressing a press conference in Lagos, National Publicity Secretary of the ruling party, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, insisted that the party was not privy to why the search was embarked upon.

The ruling APC maintained that the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had accused the APC of working in connivance with the DSS to upturn the Akwa Ibom Governorship Election it purportedly won.

According to Mohammed, “We have no doubt that the security agency acted within its area of competence and authority.

“We do not see any connection between the search by the DSS and our candidate’s petition before the Governorship Election Petition Tribunal.”

The National Publicity Secretary argued that the APC refuses any move by the PDP to cite the DSS action as another case of the Buhari led Federal Government (FG’s) plan to tamper with the activities of the Tribunal.

Mohammed added that, “To be sure, our government will never micromanage the judiciary and we also hereby restate our strong believe in the ability of the courts to do their work without fear or favour.

“We in the APC implore the PDP to have confidence in our judiciary and to stop peddling lies about the work of the Akwa Ibom Governorship Election Petition Tribunal and the role of the security agencies.
“They should deploy their energy to make their case at the tribunal instead of whipping up emotions that have nothing to do with reality.

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“We want to state clearly that the military and other security agencies were deployed to the states in the Niger Delta to secure the last general elections.

“And they are to ensure the safety of the voters because of the threats posed by violence before, during and after the polls. That deployment was beyond the APC.”

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