APC faults DSS allegations, Says Agency now bastardised by PDP
The All Progressives Congress says the Department of State Service has been bastardised by the Peoples Democratic Party-led Federal Government to the extent that it has become a mockery of intelligence-gathering.
The party, at a news conference on Sunday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, faulted allegations by the spokesperson for the DSS, Mrs. Marilyn Ogar, that it planned to hack the database of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
It said since INEC's database was not connected to the Internet, hacking its computers was impossible.
'The allegation that the APC planned to hack INEC voter registration database is false. The fact that the DSS made the allegation at all shows that it does not understand the concept of hacking. This is pathetic for a primary intelligence agency of its stature.
'We are not aware that INEC has made a complaint of anyone or group trying to hack its system. The DSS 'findings' are baseless as INEC'S database is a reflection of the registered members with the Permanent Voter Cards.
'Please note that of the time of the DSS raid on our office in Lagos, the PVCs had already been printed. Therefore, of what value would it be to hack the system and input more names?
'Simply put, it is not possible for the APC to hack INEC database. INEC's database is not online, how then is it possible for anyone to hack it? To prevent virus intrusion, there is no Internet service at the APC Data Centre that was raided. Therefore, it is not possible to hack INEC's database,” he said.
The part also said it never registered under-aged people as alleged by the DSS.
According to the APC, when the security agents raided its Lagos office last November, they confiscated empty registration forms along with used application forms.
It claimed that the DSS affixed pictures of children unto the forms in order to discredit it.
The APC also questioned the timing of the news conference conducted by the DSS, saying it suspected that it was part of a grand scheme by the Presidency to disenfranchise its supporters and possibly postpone next month's elections.
'The overall motive of the raid of our offices and the so-called findings is to give the impression that the INEC voters' register has been corrupted, hence cannot be used for next month's elections.
'It is no coincidence that the DSS raided the APC Data Centre on November 22, 2014, exactly one week before the start of the PVC distribution exercise on November 28, 2014.
'The reason the DSS came to vandalise our Data Centre is because the service is working hand-in-hand with the PDP. They carried out the raids to know our party's strength in terms of membership. Please note that after the raids, many of our registered members could not find their names on the list when they went to collect their PVCs. This is not a mere coincidence,” he stated.