The PDP said the redeployment of the police commissioners in the country was a threat to the nation’s democracy, adding that it was done to favour candidates of the APC.
The PDP National Chairman, Prince Uche Secondus, said this while speaking through his Special Adviser on Media, Ike Abonyi.
He said that “We warned the APC to stop politicising the security operations, influencing the posting of Police Commissioners and other security personnel.”
He added that the move showed that the APC-led government was desperate and not ready to conduct a free, fair and credible election.
Earlier, the PDP said the new police commissioner for Kwara State Egbetokun is a former Chief Security Officer (CSO) to APC National Leader Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, alleging that he has been handed the instruction to incite the people and pave the way for outright rigging for APC.”
It said Egbetokun was earlier posted to Lagos State by the former IGP, Idris Ibrahim, to serve the same partisan interest but the posting was stopped by the new police boss. “Now, he is being redeployed to Kwara State for the same ignoble plot,” the party said.
Also speaking, Senate President Bukola Saraki told his supporters during a PDP rally in Ilorin south local government area of the state said the APC is scared and “that is why they are busy changing police commissioners every day but that won’t change our peoples resolve to continue to support us.”
He said “If the APC is popular as they claim let them come home and show their strength just like we did. They cannot intimidate our people with police.”
However, the APC has dismissed the allegations that the ruling party was influencing police postings ahead of the elections.
The APC National Publicity Secretary, Malam Lanre Issa-Onilu, said the group which paraded itself as a Coalition of United Political Parties (CUPP) had made some laughable allegations on some police postings particularly in Kwara State ahead of the forthcoming general elections.
“Ordinarily, the APC wouldn’t respond to a group of charlatans running errands for the embattled Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki. However, since the group has issued the statement as a decoy for him, we would direct our reactions directly to their paymaster.
“For the umpteenth time, we would reiterate that the APC National Chairman, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole and indeed other senior party leaders mentioned in the infantile statement are too busy with the Next Level campaigns and engagements to be involved in the childish conspiracies and spurious allegations contained in the statement.
“It should also be noted that it is not within the rights or responsibility of any political organisation or group to dictate to agencies empowered by laws how to deliver on specific mandates.
“We believe that leaders, with a modicum of honour, should not thread on the path of cowardice by hiding under nebulous groups to make unsubstantiated allegations. However, we understand that people’s fears are oftentimes their own weakness.
“It is clear that Senator Saraki, the PDP, and their cronies are recollecting their usual practice of manipulating state institutions to achieve their political ends and are now scared of their own shadows. Let it be known that our party, APC, has not copied such dubious template,” the statement partly read.
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