The mobile police chief who had ordered some of his officers to dislodge the governor’s security aids brazenly told the CP: “Who? I mean what Governor? Who is Governor when the VP is in town? I don’t know any Governor. I have order from the above. That is all.” To make matters worse, PDP supporters were seen attacking APC members while police did nothing to protect lives and property…
Nearly 5000 Nigerians died between 1985 and 1998 for us to achieve this democracy but it looks as if no lessons have been learnt over these years. The characters that transverse the political landscape today endangering a process earned through pains, blood and tears do not know how we got here. From what we saw in Ekiti yesterday and the danger it portends to our fragile democracy I submit that the commissioner of police in Ekiti State Mr Felix Uyanna and the MOPOL chief in Ekiti State cannot guarantee free and fair process in June 21 governorship elections.
In actions and deeds they have shown that they cannot be trusted to provide security for June 21 elections in Ekiti State. If the dangerous claim that they do not recognize the exalted office of the governor is anything to go by, then everything is wrong with our democracy. The statement credited to MOPOL Chief in Ekiti State is not only bizarre and dangerous; it is also the biggest threat to democracy in Nigeria in recent times. Having proved beyond reasonable doubts that police in Ekiti State are not there right now to defend the people but to defend orders from above, our irreducible minimum demand is to ask that both commissioner of Police and MOPOL Chief to be transferred out of Ekiti State before June 21 Governorship Elections. Only a tree stands in the face of the woodman’s axe.
If you had the privilege of watching Governor Fayemi’s encounter with Ekiti CP, you would have seen the rage in the Governor’s face and the danger he was exposed to. Now with what we are witnessing now I doubt if INEC, police and soldiers will be fair to all concerned. PDP, President Jonathan and his handlers are desperate and dangerous to guarantee a free and fair process on June 21. But they have no alternative than to do so because doing otherwise is a call to anarchy. To be forewarned is to be forearmed. Sack Ekiti State CP and MOPOL Chief now!
By Joe Igbokwe