The Osun State Police Command has arrested 16 persons in illegal possession of customized fake INEC observers tags, Face caps, jackets and membership cards of the Peoples Democratic Party PDP.
This is contained in a statement signed by the Force PPRO, Folasade Odoro released in Osogbo on Thursday.
She said the arrested suspects were nabbed by security agents in Orolu Local Government area of the state.
They include Moshood Adejare- People’s Democratic Party (PDP) House of Representatives aspirant in Orolu Federal Constituency, Oyelayo Dayo ’- PDP member Orolu LGA, Olaoye Asimi PDP member Orolu LGA, Raimi Taofeeq Secretary, PDP Orolu LGA, Gbenga Olapade,Charles Amibiogoiu, Ayomide Ayansola.
Others are Kayode Dada, Daramola Segun, Tunji Akinroyinmi, Kunle Adedeji, Habeeb Bahiru, Yisa Sodiq, Adeolu Bamijoko, Oladipo Samson and Adeolu Bamidele.
The statement reads “The Nigeria Police Force in it continue efforts to discharging its responsibilities of ensuring the peaceful conclusion of Osun 2018 Gubernatorial Election, that was declared inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in which Thursday 27th September, 2018 was fixed for the re-run in the Seven (7) Polling units.
“Police team on stop and search duties at Orolu; intercepted vehicles with sixteen persons on board in possession of customized INEC tags, face cap and jackets with the inscription of “INEC Osun 2018 Election Observer” and PDP membership cards.”
“The suspects are using the items to have easy access to restricted areas meant for personnel with due accreditation.”
“The Nigeria Police Force wishes to debunk report that some accredited INEC Observers were arrested or denied access to polling units.”
“Therefore, assuring the good people of Osun State and other critical stakeholders of its renewed commitment and resolve to ensure adequate security for a free and fair re-run election while investigation continues.”