By Ovasa Ogaga,
Operatives of the Department of State Services (DSS), has invited the Publisher of Oasis Magazine, Daniel Dafe Umukoro, over the publication of the media house on the current crisis rocking the Social Democratic Party, Delta State Chapter.
Umukoro in a statement made available to Advocate.ng, said he received a call from a DSS operative in Asaba, saying a petition was written by one Amb Oke Idawene Hexx against him and his medium.
Although the said operative did not disclose the content of the petition, the publisher said it is connected to a recent publication on oasismagazine.com.ng where a chieftain of the party, Sir Ohwo Benson Oghotoma (OBO) called for the arrest of Idawene for parading himself as the Chairman of the party, saying he has since been removed.
According to Umukoro, his involvement by the DSS in the matter was appalling, adding that a discussion about two days ago between him and Idawene was that he would send a statement to the publisher as his own side of the story for publication on the magazine’s website.
“Idawene was angry that we did not hear his own side of the story. But at the time we went to press with the report we were unable to reach Idawene and when he called I was glad that I can now allow him to say his views on the development but got surprised that a man I hear has so much exposure decided to run to the DSS even after we both agreed that he will send his rejoinder to me. Maybe this issue is the more you look the less you see. With time we will find out.
“Is it at the DSS office that he wants to grant me the interview I asked him for to say his own side?
“People must learn to use all avenues for resolutions before they disturb our ever-busy security operatives.
“I did not publish an investigation. It was an interview I did. Secondly, I gave him an opportunity to speak, but he shunned it may be because he has close ties with the DSS. I also hope someone or some person is/are not using him to get at me because I have always been one voice that is against many things that do not go down well with some corrupt tendencies in the state.
“I will honour the invitation. But, I think the world should know that a hardworking man like me is trying to be roped into what I have no business with. Sir Oghotoma spoke. Why not try to prove that you are the authentic chairman rather than taking your party’s internal crisis to the DSS?
“I am even aware that the national executive of the party has since initiated peace moves for the aggrieved factions in the party.
“Well, like I said, I will honour the invitation. I don’t see any wrongdoing by me here. I have already notified the NUJ, ACNPN, lawyers, and a few rights groups. Some journalists, publishers, and others in the state are already aware of the unnecessary and failure-programmed attempted intimidation they are directing at me which will not work. Maybe, Idawene is trying to mute me. I wouldn’t want to be dragged into the SDP crisis because I don’t belong to any political party.
“If he has an ulterior motive other than my publication, I urge him to retrace his step and give peace a chance. I have never met him and so I have no ill-will towards him. It was an interview and press statement I published. I gave him his own chance, he turned it down because maybe he wants to prove that he is a friend to the DSS,” Dafe said.
According to sources, Umukoro was asked to appear at the DSS office on Monday but said that day was not fixable and is yet to pick a date to honour the invitation.
Meanwhile, sources said Sir Oghotoma and Mr. Austin Okakor who Oghotoma and his supporters and many party faithful believe is the authentic Chairman of the party have also been invited by the DSS.