I can’t be intimidated by one million DSS officials — Fayose

Following the alleged invasion and arrest of four members of the Ekiti State House of Assembly on Friday evening by the operatives of the Department of State Security (DSS), Governor Ayodele Fayose has declared that he cannot be intimidated by any show of force by the Federal Government.
According to him, even if the State was invaded by one million armed men of the DSS on the order of President Muhammadu Buhari, the government and the people of the state will never be intimidated to surrender governance of the state to political desperados, whose four years reign destroyed the economy of the state. The Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Hon, Kola Oluwawole had on Saturday told newsmen that operatives of DSS invaded the Assembly on Friday evening, during the sessions of various committees of the House, shot into the air and abducted four members of the House to an unknown destination. The governor, who expressed concern over the activities of the DSS under President Buhari, said the security agency was overreaching its constitutional mandate, as it’s being used to achieve petty partisan interest. Fayose said the government of Ekiti State may have to reconsider the usefulness of men of the DSS in the government house and other institutions of the state government. Fayose, in a statement in Ado-Ekiti yesterday by his Special Assistant on Public Communications and New Media, Lere Olayinka, said the APC led Federal Government was pursuing a clandestine agenda of truncating democracy in Ekiti State and other Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) controlled States like Rivers and Bayelsa.
In his words, “If Buhari likes, let him relocate all DSS men in Nigeria with the entire ammunition in their armoury to Ekiti, the will of Ekiti people can never be broken. They will only try, and like they have always done, they will fail because dictatorship has never triumphed over the people. Even Buhari’s dictatorship between 1984 and 1985 ended one day and Nigerians will also outlive his present dictatorship.” Submit yourself to law, APC tells Ekiti speaker Meantime, the APC in Ekiti State has asked the Speaker of the House of Assembly, Kola Oluwawole, to encourage his colleagues to submit themselves to the law over their alleged crimes against the nation’s constitution instead of embarking on blackmail to whip up sentiments for undeserved public sympathy. Four members of the Assembly were whisked away to Abuja by DSS operatives at the weekend over undisclosed offences on Friday. The Speaker reacted, accusing President Buhari of witch-hunt over Fayose’s critical comments on the President. But reacting to the Speaker’s allegation, Publicity Secretary, Taiwo Olatunbosun, said in a statement that the accusation against the President was not strange to the observers of Fayose’s politics. He said instead of accusing Buhari of persecution, it was the governor that was persecuting the opponents, citing attacks on the opposition and persecution of APC Chairman, Jide Awe, after the court struck out a motion against him but Fayose still went ahead to serve the motion in his house.