Main opposition Peoples Democratic Party says the ruling All Progressives Congress and the Nigeria Police should stop fighting a lost battle, as they can’t stop mass defection of APC members to its fold across the country.
PDP in a statement by its National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, on Sunday, condemning alleged police attack on the Ondo Deputy Governor, Agboola Ajayi, called on the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, to caution his men against dabbling in partisan politics.
The deputy governor on Sunday dumped the APC and defected to the PDP.
On Saturday, police officers led by the Ondo State Commissioner of Police, Mr Bolaji Salami, reportedly stopped Ajayi from moving out of his official quarters at the Government House on, following his frosty relationship with the governor.
Reacting to the incident, the PDP said, “The thoughtless and rude attempt to use the Police to stop the Ondo Deputy Governor from leaving the disorganized APC is symptomatic of the last kicks of a degraded and derelict political party that is now clutching at straws and can only resort to use of compromised security agents as face-saving measure.
“The APC is unnerved because Nigerians are no longer ready to stomach the deception and lies of 2015 as well as the impunity, political brigandage and the electoral fraud of 2019.
“The IGP Adamu must note that Nigerians have not forgotten and are no longer ready to accept the kind of atrocities that characterized previous elections under the APC, including the use of Police helicopter to assault and chase away voters in the November 16, 2019 Kogi state governorship election.
“Moreover, Nigerians are aware that despite the exposed ignoble roles played by unscrupulous security agents in the Kogi and other elections under the APC, no redressing action has been taken till date by the current hierarchy of the police to reassure the people.
“The PDP therefore calls on the Police IG to immediately rein in his men and be on the side of the people, particularly in the forthcoming Ondo and Edo states governorship elections.”