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Why Nigerian Police Should Cancel Their Planned Conference In Imo State – PDP

by Victor Ndubuisi
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Prior to the November 11, 2023 governorship election, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has claimed that the All Progressives Congress (APC) is planning to sabotage a security conference and retreat for senior police officers in Owerri, the capital of Imo State.

According to PDP National Publicity Secretary Hon. Debo Ologunagba, the situation in the state is already becoming tense.

On Monday, Ologunagba urged the Acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to relocate the Conference to a different State in a statement issued in Abuja.

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He pointed out that holding the conference in Imo State could give the impression that the police are complicit with the APC and Governor Hope Uzodinma.

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“As a result of this, the PDP is appealing to the Acting Inspector General of Police, Kayode Egbetokun, to move the Conference to another State because the planned hosting in Imo State, is sending wrong signal that the Police is in bed with the APC and Governor Hope Uzodimma who is also a candidate in the governorship election,” Ologunagba said.

The PDP stalwart claimed that certain APC leaders were already bragging that Uzodinma will get access to senior police personnel as a result of the meeting.

According to Ologunagba, “Our Party observes that it is inappropriate and against the principle of fairness and neutrality required in a charged election situation as presently existing in Imo State for Governor Uzodimma, the candidate of the APC, to be seen as sponsoring or hosting senior Police officers at this critical period, especially being very close to the election.

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“The PDP and indeed the people of Imo State are deeply concerned following boasting by prominent APC leaders to the effect that the hosting of the Police Conference will enhance their alleged plots to compromise the Police to the advantage of the APC during the election.

“Such APC leaders including those fronting for Governor Uzodimma are boasting that the hosting of the Conference in Imo State will give the Governor access to certain senior Police officers, in furtherance of APC’s alleged bid to compromise security agencies ahead of the election.

“This is more so as APC leaders have on many occasions been seen bragging that they will use security operatives to suppress the people and help the APC subvert and manipulate the electoral process in favour of Governor Uzodimma.

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“While the PDP appreciates every effort to enhance security in the Nation and Imo State in particular, the timing and location of the Conference at this period is of grave concern and apprehension to the people of Imo State, Political Parties and Stakeholders in the State.

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“Our Party confirms that it has been receiving messages of concerns and apprehension from the people of Imo State since the announcement by the Police to host the Conference in the State under Governor Uzodimma.

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“The PDP therefore cautions that hosting the Conference in Imo State under Governor Uzodimma at this period; just few days to the election, is a recipe for crisis as it is capable of pitching the people of Imo State against security agencies.

“Our Party therefore urges the Acting IGP, as a highly experienced and decorated officer, to save the situation and allay the fears of the people by moving the Conference to another State or to a date after the election, if it must be hosted in Imo State.”

 

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