By Abdullahi Mohammed
In attempt to prevent the unforeseen confrontation between the ruling and opposition Party, the Police have given insights into why it forestalled the rally organised by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Ado-Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital.
The state command of the force said it prevented the rally from going to forestall the outbreak of violence between the members of the PDP and those of the All Progress Congress, (APC).
The force Public Relations Officer, Caleb Okechukwu, in a statement he signed on behalf of the Deputy Inspector General of Police, Operations, Habila Joshak, on Wednesday, said the public should discountenance the allegations that it attacked the governor and invaded his office.
The statement described the allegation as “misleading and aimed at causing anxiety in the minds of the public.”
“In furtherance to the presence of police officers around the Prof. Olusola Eleka Pavilion at Fajuyi today, two political parties intend to have their rallies at the same date and in Ado-Ekiti metropolis,” the statement said.
“But the Commissioner of Police advised the political parties in writing on the need to have their political activities at different time and because of its security implication.
“The police will, at all times, continue to maintain law and order and also rise up to their responsibility to perform their mandatory and statutory duty of protection of lives and property of innocent citizens before, during and after the election.
“The police would also want to use this medium to alert the general public that they should expect more of this misleading information from person(s) who do not mean well for the good people of Ekiti State.
“The police enjoin the general public to confirm the source of their information before circulating same to their friends or loved ones.
“The police enjoin the general public to confirm the source of their information before circulating same to their friends or loved ones.”
But the spokesman of the APC in Ekiti, Taiwo Olatunbosun, has distanced the party from the position of the police that they had intended to held the rally the same day and same venue with that of the PDP.
Mr Olatunbosun said having held their grand rally on Tuesday he was not aware of any other planned rally.
“I am not aware of any planned rally,” Olatunbosun told Premium Times. “Nothing of such has been brought to my notice.”