I only had conversation with DSS, not an arrest – Oshiomhole declares
The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Adams Oshiomhole, says he visited the Department of State Services (DSS) for a conversation and not an arrest.
Oshiomhole stated this while reacting to a report that he was detained by the security agency last Sunday, during an interactive session with journalists on Saturday in Lagos.
He said he “saw DSS only once and it was a conversation, not an arrest or detention”.
Giving an insight into what he discussed with the agency, the APC chairman revealed that the conversation centred around APC primaries.
He, however, said, “The question now is whether or not it is the DSS job to interfere in a political party’s issues.
“And if there’s an allegation of corruption, it is the responsibility of EFCC and ICPC.”
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.”
It was earlier reported that Oshiomhole was detained and questioned for about nine hours by the DSS on Sunday.
It said that questioning followed allegations that the APC chairman received bribes during the party’s primaries held across the country.
The report added that while nothing was established against him, Oshiomhole was asked to resign his position.
He was, however, said to have resisted the pressure, stressing that he would only resign if he loses President Muhammadu Buhari’s confidence.