The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, says the Department of State Security, DSS, summoned election tribunal judges in Rivers state and some others, directing them to disfavour the party in various petitions being heard. Olisa Metuh, PDP spokesman, pointed the Rivers tribunal judges were specifically summoned last Friday to the DSS office, where they were told @to influence the judgement in that state.”
“Furthermore, in the case of Rivers State, we have it on good record with complete evidence that the SSS has interfered by summoning the judges, the tribunal members and tribunal to dictate the outcome of the tribunal.
“We informed the Chief Justice of Nigerian of what is happening and that it is incumbent upon the CJN to defend the independence of the judiciary. The judiciary is not an arm of the State Security Service. The time has come for the judiciary to maintain their independence.
“We want to alert the entire nation that this effort by the DSS to interfere with tribunal judgements is unknown to security service practice, either in this country or anywhere in the world. The State Security Services are concerned with homeland security, protecting us from insurgency but not when it comes to political tussle and cases.
“Our warning is that if this continues unabated, it will be difficult for people to have confidence in the judiciary again,” the PDP stated.