By Gift Osaze
The postponment of the election to february 23, 2019, may have provided the opportunity for the ruling APC and their agents to perfect plans to manipulate the election .
They are Fimhan Adeoye, Gbenga Adeyanju and Yemi Agunbiade, all former CPs of Osun, Ondo and Osun states respectively. The deployment of the three former CPs to the troubled state , according to a senior police source was because of their knowledge and understanding f the terrain and the people having served in the states south west sub-region.
Given an insider information about the responsibilities of the of the three former CPs deployed to the home state of former President Olusegun Obasnjo, Jubril Yakubu, A Deputy Inspector General of Police, DIG A, in-charge of election duties said Adeoye would oversee the election in Ogun West Senatorial district, Agunbiade, Ogun East while Adeyanju has been placed in-charge of Ogun Central Senatorial district. this may have been done to cape the PDP agents in the state and Ibikunle Amosu, the govenor of the state, who has an axe to grind with the party from actualising his plans.
Yakubu, the police DIG, was said to have told stakeholders at a meeting on Thursday, February 14, 2019, at the state police Command Headquarters that theere was no cause to worry about the action taken by the police Authority to beef up security in the south west state . He disclosed that the action was taken to ”ensure a free and fair elections in the state”. In what is regarded as a Coup against election riggers in the state, the police DIG declared , ” we are ready for the elections”, urging the people to come out en masse to vote during the election without any fear of molestation.
Many had expected the IGP to approve the deployment of additional CPs to Kano state, home state of Senator Ibrahim Kwankwaso, where Abdullahi Umar Ganduje, the state governor has promised to deliver five million votes to Buhari in the election to support Wakili Mohammed, the CP, in policing the state to forestall riggers.
last Wednesday, the the police has arrested alleged agents of Ganduje , the state governor with 17 sacks of thumb printed ballot papers which were said to be mostly in favour of Buhari, the APC, Presidential Candidate. The exhibits , according to Ikenga Imo Ugochinyere, Spokes person of the Opposition , coalition CUPP, may be released going by pressures on Adamu , the acting IGP to do so.
Appealing to people to visit the Kano state police Command where the suspects have been taken to avoid the sacks being taken away , Ugochinyere said that is the only way people would believe how desperate politicians could be to win election at all costs. This is a state that delivered about two million votes to Buhari in the 2015 , Presidential election that made him to beat Former President Goodluck Jonathan in the state. Kwankwaso, who was a member of the APC , may have known the rigging strategy in state that he was said to have put his men on the alert to watch over suspicious movements with heavy sacks and report to the police. This may have informed the reason why it was easy for the police o nab the three suspects with the 17 alleged thumb printed ballot boxes.
The police may have found it an impossible crime to cover up that Mohammed, the Metro Police CP, has no option but to open up on Friday, February 15, 2019. He disclosed that the suspects and the items were apprehended on Wednesday, February 13, 2019, by some officers attached to the Metro Police Area Command.
According the police boss, the suspects had confessed to have come from Jigawa state stressing that the materials were meant for the purpose Sensitization and Orientation. He said the matter has been transferred to the Criminal Investigation Department, CID, for further Investigation. the question on the lips of most is: how could the suspect could have confessed to have come from Jigawa and who was behind the action?
As a prelude to ensuring proper policing of the election process, the acting IGP, had earlier approved the deployment of 24, 000 Mobile policemen, 400 Counter-Terrorism operatives and 800 officers from the Special Protection Unit , SPU, of the Force to the states and the FCT.
It was not surprising why the number one Police Corp has repeatedly assured the President and Mahmood Yakubu, a Professor and Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, that the” police were ready for the elections ” as it would not ”condone condone any act of thuggery or violence. The security assurance from the IGP may given the INEC Chairman the confidence to talk with Authority why accrediting the International Observers for the general elections that their security is guaranteed to do their work. Buhari corroborated the IGP’s claim when by assuring the ”Diplomatic Community and Foreign Observers of their Safety and Protection.
Meanwhile, the police