From Oluseyi Dasilva
As Kwara State politics continue to brew in several controversy, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) had made a report to the police over attacks on its members, as well as the vandalism of their properties which was corroborated by the party’s national leader and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki who accused the police of becoming a partisan arbiter in the politics of Kwara State.
A petition signed by the party’s State Legal Adviser, O.M Aborishade (Esq) was said to have been submitted to the police command and the said the petition was received and acknowledged by the office of Kwara state police commissioner and a copy of the petition, duly signed and stamped by the receiver was given to the PDP officials by the police.
But in a twist, the Kwara state police command claimed on Saturday in a statement issued and personally signed by the Kwara state commissioner of police, Bashir Makama, claimed that Saraki’s allegations that his life and those of his supporters were in danger in the state were unsubstantiated.
According to the statement Dr Abubakar Bukola Saraki being the number three citizen of the country is held in high esteem by the command, adding that he has also been enjoying every security privileges entitled to his office and person.
The statement explained that the command has as of right provided a level playing ground for all registered political parties in the state stressing that it since the commencement of political activities, suspects arrested for politically motivated crimes and offences from any political party were investigated and prosecuted.
The statement however assured the people of Kwara state of the determination of the command to ensure adequate security of their lives and property at all times.
The PDP faulted the stand of the police insisting that it submitted a petition titled” Attack on the lives of Mr Mumini Ambali and Mr Aremo Fatai by armed thugs of factional APC loyal to AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq on the orders of Musibau Eshinrogunjo, Yahaya Seriki and Ibrahim Labaika at Adewole ward, Ilorin” dated January 11, 2019 to the office of the Kwara state police commissioner .
According to the state publicity secretary of the PDP, Tunde Ashaolu, stressed that it had not false alarm thereby faulting claims by the state’s police command that the party never reported cases of assault on its members to any police station in the state.
The PDP added that it also submitted another petition titled “ Petition Against The Destruction of Campaign Posters and Banners “ dated January 11, 2019 to the office of the Kwara state police commissioner.
The petition on the destruction of our campaign posters and banners partly reads “ Just last month, series of contemptuous event featuring posters and banners damage was reported to our party secretariat by party members. This present month, series of posters, banners have been torn and destroyed in areas including G.R.A,Adewole,Adeta,Baboko, Oloje, Post office, and other areas in Ilorin metropolis. Campaign bill boards are being constantly vandalized.
“These posters, banners and bill boards are important elements of our campaign activities and the destruction of them is amounting to deliberate attempt to besmirch the reputation of our party and her candidates.
“I therefore call on the Kwara state police commissioner to look into the issue and help forestall future occurrences.”
The party added that its two petitions to the state police command werea lso sent to the Department of State Service, Kwara state Command, Ilorin.
It urged the police to redress their mistakes as pointed out by the Senate President and face their duty of protecting lives and property in the state instead making futile efforts to distort facts.