As the Kogi governorship election draws closer, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has made yet another allegation against the State Governor, Yahaya Bello, who is also contesting in the November 16 election.
PDP claimed that Bello and his party the All Progressives Congress (APC) had directed CSP Usman Musa, who is to coordinate security during the election, to exert excessive force, intimidate and arrest voters, aid APC thugs to unleash violence and ensure that votes do not count.
The PDP on Wednesday demanded that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu immediately reverse the deployment of CSP Musa who is Bello’s former ADC.
In a statement by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbondiyan, PDP said 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 has since been transferred to Lagos state.”
Ologbondiyan said: “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.
“We therefore call 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adding that the IGP and the police hierarchy should be ready to bear the guilt of any loss of life, if CSP Musa is not withdrawn from Kogi elections.
“We counsel 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.”
PDP also urged the IGP to bear in mind that the people of the state already know the brief CSP Musa has from Governor Bello and the APC.
The party urged the police boss to avert the “looming violence in the Kogi election by immediately withdrawing CSP Musa and moving him out of the state.”
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