Members and supporters of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Kwara State, protested in Ilorin, the State capital, and rejected the recent redeployment of Kayode Egbetokun, as the Police Commissioner, CP, ahead of the 2019 general elections.
They took the protest from the party’s Secretariat, at Flower Garden, to the Government House, the Department of State Security Services, DSS, Office, and terminated it at the Police Headquarters, on Ahmadu Bello Way.
The protesters said that they are angry at the posting of Egbetokun to the State, ahead of the general elections.
The protesters, led by PDP’s State Youth Leader, Prince Haliru Dantsoho, carried placards with various inscriptions.
They urged the Acting Inspector-General of Police, Ag. IGP, Mohammed Adamu, and President Muhammadu Buhari, to reverse the decision, with immediate effect.
Some of the placards read: “CP Kayode must go”, “Kwarans totally reject an APC Commissioner”, and “Kwara cannot be annexed to Lagos”.
Dantoso, who disclosed that the residents had never protested against deployment of any Police Commissioner, added that, Egbetokun allegedly posed a threat to peace in the State.
He said: “Egbetokun was one-time Chief Security Officer, CSO, to APC Leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu. Also, he was spontaneously rejected by people of Lagos, when he was posted there recently, and the deployment was reversed by Acting IGP, Mohammed Adamu.
“Unfortunately, the same man who parades himself as an APC member, has now been posted to Kwara State. It is a ploy to further intimidate the opposition.
“You recall how members of opposition were arrested and harassed during the by-election into Ekiti Oke Ero Isin Irepodun Federal Constituency, recently. So, with the deployment of Egbetokun, free, fair and credible elections cannot be guaranteed.
“It is on this note we frown at the deployment, calling on the IGP to immediately redeploy him to another State of their wish, but not Kwara State. Kwara has been a peaceful State of harmony since. We do not want anything that will affect the peace and harmony we have been enjoying.”