The National Chairman of the All Progressive Congress, APC, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole says there was no big deal about his invitation by the Departmental of State Security Service over alleged corrupt practices during the party primaries.
The questioning of the embattled Chairman by the secret agency after hitting the headlines has continued to generate controversy and polarise the polity.
However, the former Edo State governor has played down the situation in an interview with journalists in Lagos, saying “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”, he said, adding “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, NSO, which is not known as the DSS, there is nothing new about it.
He continued: “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.
“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.
“Yes, I was there. Some people have written that I was asked to resign based on the question you asked. But the DSS is not my employer. My political party, which produced the government in power, is my employer, so that matter does not arise.”