PDP, CUPP Condemns 37 CPs Redeployment, Says It’s Politically Tainted
The Police Service Commission made the adjustments nine days to the 2019 elections (Image courtesy Nigeria Police Force)

The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has faulted the redeployment of  37 Commissioners of Police by the police hierarchy, alleging that the move was aimed at rigging the 2019 elections in favour of the ruling APC.

National Publicity Secretary of the PDP, Kola Ologbondiyan, alleged that the new Commissioner of Police in Kwara state, Kayode Egbetokun, has been instructed to cause pandemonium in the north-central state.

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Ologbondiyan, who spoke at a press conference in Abuja on Wednesday, also alleged that the police officers being posted had been directed to intimidate, harass and manhandle those against President Muhammadu Buhari’s re-election.

He said: “Nigerians are aware of how Egbetokun was posted to Lagos State by the former IG, Idris Ibrahim, to serve the same partisan interest and how that posting was stopped by the new IGP. Now, he is being redeployed to Kwara State for the same ignoble plot.

“The deployment of Kayode Egbetokun as the Kwara State CP directly negates the principle of the peace accord and can only hurt the fragile peace that currently exists in the state.”

However, the ruling party All Progressive Congress, through its National Publicity Secretary, Lanre Issa-Onilu, disagreed with the opposition’s claims, describing it as laughable.

He said, “A nebulous group which parades itself as the CUPP has made some laughable allegations on some police postings, particularly in Kwara State ahead of the forthcoming general elections.

“Ordinarily, the APC would not respond to a group of charlatans running errands for the embattled President of the Senate, Dr Bukola Saraki.

“However, since the group has issued the statement as a decoy for him, we would direct our reactions to their paymaster.”