By Umar Puma with agency report
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole, has described his reported detention and grilling by the operatives of the Department of State Services last week as normal.
He also said, “As far as the party is concerned, we have problems in only three states. We have 23 state governors and 36 states in Nigeria. So, if we have problems in only three states, then that is manageable.”
He, however, lamented that the issue had been blown out of proportion possibly because of the calibre of the party chieftains involved.
“Some people are unhappy because they didn’t have their way in three states. We have said that things must change. We cannot continue in the old ways. We said change; maybe, some people interpreted it differently. But as I said, we cannot continue in the old ways,” said the party chairman.
Specifically, Oshiomhole said it was not the first time he would be a guest of the DSS, starting with his days as a labour activist.
The APC chairman arrived in Lagos on Friday from his short journey to the United States of America, where he was said to have visited his wife, Iara.
Speaking in Lagos on Saturday, however, the former Edo State governor denied being arrested and detained by the DSS, hardly agreeing that he was invited by the agency.
“I went there on my own; I was not arrested. I saw the DSS only once and it was a conversation, not an arrest or detention,” the ruling party chairman added.
He said, “If you say I was interrogated by the DSS, you would be implying something totally different. There is nothing strange in the DSS having a chat with me.
“Let me tell you, from my days as a labour leader, when I’ve been visiting the ‘E-Department, which later became the Nigeria Security Organisation, which is now known as the DSS, there is nothing new about it.
“In fact, based on the mandate of the DSS, which is the security and peace of the nation, it has every right to have a chat with anybody in so far as that chat would be for the enhancement and peace and stability of Nigeria.”
Oshiomhole added, “Yes, I was at their office. Yes, we had a conversation on some matters arising from the primaries of our great party, the APC.
Yes, they wanted me to shed some light on some issues. There is absolutely nothing wrong in that as the national chairman of the ruling party. I’ve read so many things in the newspapers about what transpired. But I can tell you there is nothing to it.”
Oshiomhole denied being let off on administrative bail, adding that Kogi State governor, Yahaya Bello, did not come to the DSS office to facilitate his freedom.
“I was the one who called Yahaya Bello and he came but I drove home in my own car,” he added.