Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) in Kwara state has raised an objection to an alleged plan to deploy Commissioner of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to take charge of the state Police Command.
The CNPP said it is opposed to the deployment because Egbetokun was allegedly a former Chief Security Officer to the former Lagos state governor and national leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Bola Tinubu.
The group which spoke at a press conference in Ilorin on Wednesday said alleged that the APC had the ambition of taking over power in Kwara state and Egbetokun with his connection with Tinubu would likely do the biddings of the party during the election CNPP Chairman, Adebayo Lawal, who spoke on behalf of the group said the alleged plan of the deployment few days to the election was an indication that the APC was desperate to take over power in the state.
He said: “While we do not hold any grudges against the police officer, we reject his planned posting to Kwara based on his loyalty and affiliation to the APC leader, Bola Tinubu, whose interest and intentions in Kwara elections is well known. For those who do not know, Egbetokun served as the Chief Security Officer to Tinubu for years. Recently, he was appointed as Lagos Commissioner of Police but his appointment was rejected by the people and government of Lagos.
“The planned change in the leadership of the Police Command in Kwara few days to the general elections is not only insensitive but also reeks of suspicion and downright desperation on the part of the APC-led Federal Government that is ready to deploy any means to take over power in the State.”
“We believe that posting Egbetokun to Kwara is part of moves to rig the forthcoming elections in favour of the APC. Our findings reveal that the Federal Government intends to post Egbetokun to Kwara to provide cover for APC agents to divert electoral materials and also to provide a shield for APC thugs to unleash violence and disrupt election in areas that are not strongholds of the party.”
Lawal acknowledged that the incumbent Commissioner of Police who was recently posted to the state has been performing his official duties diligently and a replacement at this period may not be necessary.
He appealed to international agencies, civil societies, leaders of thought, well-meaning Nigerians and the general public to “join in condemning the plot by the APC to manipulate electoral process in Kwara.”
The CNPP boss advised that the Federal Government and the APC should allow people of the state to exercise their constitutional rights by voting the candidates of their choice in a violent-free environment.