Barely two days to the governorship elections of Kogi and Bayelsa States, the police has deployed the Governor Yahaya Bello’s former ADC, CSP Usman Musa, to coordinate Kogi security in the November 16 governorship election
According to the main opposition party, the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP who raised alarm on Wednesday, November 13 that Yahaya Bello’s former ADC, Usman Musa Shigaba as the officer in charge of Security for INEC Registration Area Centers (RACs) of the Saturday’s election in Kogi State.
According to party Deputy Director and Public Communication , Comrade Austin Oka, the police officer was involved in questionable dealings that led to series of violent attacks on the opposition party supporters, both in the previous elections and the ongoing onslaught towards the next Saturday’s governorship election.
Comrade Okai warned INEC in Kogi and the National level of making a clear moves to compromise the weekend’s election, in favour of the ruling APC.
The PDP appealed to INEC and the IG of police to rescind the decision to deploy the Kogi governors former security aide, who had allegedly engaged in Illegal assignment in the state.
The party reminded the state police Commissioner and the Inspector General of police, not to go ahead with the decision to involve SP Shigaba in the forthcoming election, as he had already been transfered from the state and “fingered in the shoot out at the PDP’s primary that led to its abrupt end.”
He said the PDP will not condone attempt by INEC and security agencies to cave into the pressure of the ruling party, APC, capable of denying the people of the state good leadership ,urging them to conduct free, fair and credible election.
PDP warned on the insistence to bring SP Shigaba on board, saying it may lead to possible break down of law and order in the Saturday’s election, as he is known to be working for the state government.
Kola Ologbondiyan, the National Publicity Secretary of the party also demands the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to immediately reverse the provocative and brazen deployment of Governor Yahaya Bello’s former ADC, CSP Usman Musa, to coordinate security in the November 16 governorship election.
The party says the IGP should be ready to accept responsibility for any breakdown of law and order as well as directly bear the guilt for any loss of life in any part of the state during the election, if he fails to withdraw the CSP Musa, who have since been transferred to Lagos state.
The PDP informs the IGP that the people of Kogi state are already aware of how CSP Musa has been compromised and directed by the governor and the APC to use excessive force, intimidate and arrest voters, aid APC thugs to unleash violence and ensure that votes do not count.
We have also been made aware of directives by the APC and agents of Governor Yahaya Bello to shoot and kill during the election to aid the manipulation of the electoral process for the APC.
The PDP therefore calls on the IGP to note that the deployment of CSP Musa will lead to avoidable violence, bloodletting and extra-judicial killings, adding that the IGP and the police hierarchy should be ready to bear the guilt of any loss of life, if CSP Musa is not withdrawn from Kogi elections.
The party counsels the IGP not to allow Governor Bello and the APC to entangle him in their plots and soil his hands with innocent blood through the deployment of CSP Musa in the election.
The PDP further counsels the IGP to bear in mind that the people of Kogi state already know the brief CSP Musa has from Governor Bello and the APC.
The party therefore urges the IGP to avert the looming violence in the Kogi election by immediately withdrawing CSP Musa and moving him out of the state.
The PDP commends the people of Kogi state for remaining at alert in their readiness to use all means, available in a democracy and within the law, to ensure the exercise of their franchise as well as to defend their votes to the very end, no matter what.