Less than six hours to the governorship rerun elections in Ekiti State, Nigeria, the high-wire political intrigues by the political class has recorded its first victim – The Commissioner of Police, Ekiti State Command, Mr. Chris Ola. This is a big lesson for other officers who surrender their noble office to the whims and caprices of the PDP. They always end up being dumped.
A Deputy Commissioner of Police from police force headquarters, Abuja, Mr. Yakubu Alkali, has resumed and assumed duty in acting capacity, as the new (interim) CP for Ekiti State.
Three other top Cops led by Deputy Inspector-General of Police, Operations, Mr. John Ahmadu, and Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Zone 8, Mr. Emmanuel Anuniru, have also arrived in the State to supervise the gubernatorial rerun election in 64 wards across ten local governments.
Mr. Chris Ola it would be recalled has been an overzealous officer that has worked to suppress opposition and helped the PDP in all the electoral crimes it committed in the last two years. The Action Congress and other opposition parties, including Civil Society organisations have protested and demanded for the redeployment of Ola for many months now.
Over 10,000 policemen from ten States – Osun, Ogun, Oyo, Edo, Kogi, Ondo, Kwara, Niger, Kaduna and Delta, have been mobilised and accredited to monitor and provide security for the Gubernatorial rerun in Ekiti State. All of them without exception are to wear a tag labelled “Election Duty Patrol Team”. Any officer that does not wear this special tag should be suspected and treated as a fake policeman. All Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) have also been redeployed from their traditional divisions of operations to other areas to forestall possible collusion with local election riggers.
About 75 PDP thugs being housed and fed at Ekiti State Government’s expense for the past two weeks, at the government house by the interim PDP State government were chased out and some of them were arrested to cool their heels in custody till after the election.
Further measures to prevent rigging were spelt out at a stakeholders meeting with governorship aspirants and party leaders. The measures included checkpoints that forbids politicians to go to the polling booths with their armed police escorts during and after voting, collation and announcements.
Those who attended the stakeholders meeting included the governorship candidate of the Action Congress (AC), Dr. Kayode Fayemi, and his Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) counterpart, Mr. Segun Oni; Other stakeholders at the meeting were Barrister Femi Falana, President, West African Bar Association, a former governor of the state, Mr. Ayo Fayose; and as well as the State Chairman of the AC Chief Jide Awe and his PDP counterpart, Mr. Bola Olu-Ojo.
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More are still coming from our team on the ground in Ekiti….