As the governorship election in Kogi state draws near, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) campaign council in the state has urged the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to redeploy the state commissioner of police, Busari Hakeem.
Sun reports that the party also said that the CP’s presence in the state during the election might jeopardise its chances of winning the election slated for November 16.
The deputy director public communication of the council, Austin Okai Usman, in a statement, said the police activities in the state have been reduced to taking instructions from the APC-led government in the state.
The statement reads: “The council noted with serious concern that the activities of the state police command under the current CP, has reduced the contest of November 16, to a battle between the police and is PDP.“
This is a clear indication that virtually all government officials in Kogi and top APC members and their thugs, were being protected and at the same time using the state police commissioner men to chase, harass, intimidate and threaten to kill PDP members across the state.”
The council said the police hierarchy under Busari Hakeem lacked the moral stance to supervise and monitor the November 16 election, while urging the IG to urgently effect his removal without further delay to avoid break down of law and order in the state.
The PDP also appealed to the IG to remove the CP in the interest of fair play, security of lives and properties in order to avoid reprisal attacks from any side of the political divide, particularly the PDP.
According to the newspaper, the CP in his reaction to the allegation, expressed sadness that despite his efforts to ensure a free and fair election in the state, some people were still castigating him, stressing that it was only PDP among the opposition parties in the state that always complains.
“Honestly, PDP is not fair to me ,for accusing me wrongly, they asked for police security, we provided them, we have never treated any party above the other and if any of my men are caught conducting themselves in a way that is non professional, let them call my attention to it and we will deal with them.
“I know this is the time of election and every party is using all means to get power. No
I know a man was arrested with guns, they should allow the police to do their job, if he is not found wanting he would be released, but let them not give a dog a bad name in order to hang it,” he said