Adamu Muhammed, the acting Inspector-General of Police (IGP), has disclosed that there is a plan by top politicians to plot electoral fraud as we draw closer to the 2019 general elections by using fake policemen at polling units.
DAILY POST reports that the IGP raised the alarm on Tuesday at a stakeholders’ meeting on partnership for monitoring, documenting, reporting and prosecuting vote trading during the 2019 polls, which held at the YarAdua centre in Abuja.
According to him, the police were aware that police uniforms and military regalia have been shipped into the country to be distributed to, and used by impostors on election day to cause mayhem and disrupt the conduct of peaceful and credible elections.However, he said that instruction has been issued by the Force hierarchy to the effect that any policeman seen at a polling unit without the official accreditation and name tags should be arrested and investigated as an impersonator.
“We charge our personnel to be professional and unbiased. Every policeman you see at the polling unit, if he doesn’t carry official tag and name tag is a fake policeman and should be arrested, because we have reports that a lot of police uniforms and military regalia are being brought into the country by desperate people. We also know that there are people that are ready to dress in police uniforms during the elections,” he said.The IGP reiterated that no security personnel is expected to carry fire arms around the polling centres, adding that the ban on elites moving around with police orderlies during elections still subsists.
Multiple sources in the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) are claiming that chieftains of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) are reaching out to Alhaji Atiku Abubakar in anticipation that the former vice president would win the 2019 presidential election. According to them, the APC stalwarts have been holding secret meetings with the PDP presidential candidate with a view to working out “exit deals.”
“Atiku has the momentum now and the wise thing to do politically is to consider options after all in politics there is no permanent friend or permanent enemy,” one of them told Legit.ng. Among those reaching out to the Atiku’s camp, according to the sources who prefer to be anonymous, are two senior ministers in the APC-led federal government and a senior member of the party. These three APC henchmen believe that the best option left for them is to start early to work out a contingency plan, which if concretised may see them work secretly to deliver Atiku come Saturday, February 16.
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