National Chairman of Nigeria’s ruling party, APC, Adams Oshiomhole

The National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC) Adams Oshiomhole has said his recent questioning by the Department of State Services (DSS) was a routine conversation over national security.

The former Edo State governor made this known while speaking on Channels TV on Sunday.

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Oshiomhole was reportedly interrogated by the DSS for allegedly collecting bribes during the conduct of the ruling party’s recent primaries.

Reacting, Oshiomhole said: “I met with the DSS on Sunday at about 3 pm and I drove there on my own.

“I have been having a meeting with the DG of SSS, both the current one and the previous one. It is not unusual that they want to find out what is going on.

“We share with them what we know and, sometimes, they share with us what they hear. I believe it is in the interest of the national security.

“We (have) met a couple of times to discuss issues that have to do with the country and our party.”

The former President of the Nigeria Labour Congress (NLC) also played down reports that the DSS asked him to resign his position as APC chairman.

“I wasn’t hired by the DSS and I cannot be requested by the DSS to resign or to retain the job.

“APC is structured. We have organs. I know the processes and procedures. I believe the DSS also understand their own role in the system.

“It is not up to them to the demand for the resignation of a party chairman. But, I believe it is their right to have a conversation with anybody who in their opinion can assist them in discharging their mandate of ensuring that Nigeria is safe and secure, particularly as we move towards 2019,” he said.