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39 PDP Senators Append Signatures on ‘State of the Nation’ Document

by on August 7, 2015
 
By Kayode Sesan
Thirty-nine ‎Senators of Nigeria’s opposition Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday appended their signatures to a document highlighting the PDP’s position on the ‘State of the Nation’. In the 7-page document which addressed issues ranging from President Buhari’s anti-corruption crusade, the use of DSS to harass INEC officials and the opposition, President Buhari’s outrageous ‘vote for patronage’ comment, among others, the PDP Senate caucus strongly protested the alleged use of the Department of State Service (DSS) to hound PDP members and officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in Rivers, Akwa Ibom and Abia states.
Speaking at a press conference at the national assembly complex in Abuja on Thursday, Godswill Akpabio, Senate Minority Leader, joined 38 PDP Senators alongside 10 others who were physically absent but endorsed the message, to express their displeasure over the use of the DSS in truncating democratic process.
Akpabio said that the national working committee of the PDP had sent a petition to the president on the matter. Nevertheless, he said the best route to take in the case was to bring it to the media, hence the convening of the news conference.

It will be recalled that Austin Okojie,  the Akwa-Ibom state Resident Electoral Commissioner was arrested by the DSS and spent 13 days in their custody. He was later released and directed to report daily to the DSS office for more interrogation. Okojie could barely walk or talk upon his return from detention after been seriously brutalised.

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Below is the full document exclusively obtained by BREAKING TIMES with signatures of the 39 PDP Senators who were present on Thursday to endorse the PDP position.

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