Osun APC accuses police commissioner of colluding with PDP to transfer DPOs ahead 2023 elections

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*Allegation baseless, we don’t control police, says PDP

By Deborah Oladejo, Osogbo

All Progressives Congress (APC) in Osun State has accused the state Police Commissioner, Patrick Kehinde Longe of colluding with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to swap Divisional Police Officers (DPOs) across the state for political reasons.

The intention, according to the party was to use the compromised ones to deal with its members during this year’s general elections.

APC, in a statement by its acting Chairman, Tajudeen Lawal, called on the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba to caution the police commissioner from carrying out any illegal orders from Governor Ademola Adeleke and his party.

According to APC, the leadership of the police in the state and handlers of Governor Adeleke at a meeting in Ede have concluded plans to redeploy DPOs across the state ahead of the general elections next month.

But the PDP, in a swift reaction chided APC for its reprehensible and persistent blackmail against its leaders and security agencies, clarifying that the party has nothing to do with the internal operations of the police.

Lawal, however, said: “Our intelligence indicate that the idea behind the concluded plan to orchestrate the massive transfer of the DPOs is to give room for some pliable and compromised police officers who could accede to any illegal order of arrest of any member of the opposition.

“Information has it that quite a sizeable number of the serving DPOs have been questioning the reason why they should be made to go after and arrest any member of the opposition for no just cause. This is a serious problem that we are contending with which is capable of adding to the political upheaval in the state where the members of the opposition and their supporters are being attacked by suspected PDP thugs for no reason.

“We have the privileged information that the DPOs are to be transferred massively in order to give way to compromised ones who would always be ready to carry out any illegal orders of Governor Adeleke and the PDP.

“We are appealing to the IGP to call the Osun CP to order. We are equally appealing to the other sister security agencies in the state to discharge their statutory duties with neutrality and desist from any assignment capable of impugning the image of their outfits.

“It is our resolve that acceding to illegal arrest of any of our members and leaders is an invitation to anarchy which will not do anyone any good.

“It is our resolve that acceding to illegal arrest of any of our members and leaders is an invitation to anarchy which will not do anyone any good.”

In his reaction, state Caretaker Chairman of the PDP, Dr Adekunle Akindele, accused the APC of levelling baseless allegations.

Akindele pointed out that the police have its operational codes which PDP has no power to influence, wondering how the party can control a police service under the control of the Federal Government.

Positing that police normally redeploy officers during election period, the PDP corrected the misinformation from the APC even as it alleged that the opposition party is already afraid of eventual defeat at the February elections.

“Ever since the APC lost the July election, the party has grown paranoid and regularly engage in manufacturing and distribution of fake news. The opposition sinks deeper into despair and confusion, leading it to churning out illogical lies and confusing postulations. “What has PDP got to do with police redeployment? Or is APC afraid it’s secret rigging machines are about to be dismantled?

“Our message to APC and its fake news manufacturing operatives is that Osun people are wiser. The APC was voted out of power in Osun State because it lost any element of credibility due to its elevation of propaganda as main tool of state governance. Stop blackmail as defeat awaits your candidates in the forthcoming elections,”Akindele said.

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