By Steve Oni, Ilorin
The Peoples Democratic Party(PDP) in Kwara state has faulted claims by the state’s police command that the party never reported cases of assault on its members to any police station in the state.
The party, in a statement made available to newsmen last night described the police position as another validation of the alarm the party’s national leader and Senate President, Dr. Bukola Saraki raised on Friday that the police has become a partisan arbiter in the politics of the state.
According to the statement signed by the state publicity secretary of the PDP, Tunde Ashaolu, available evidences indicated that the party had not raised a false alarm as it submitted several reports on the attacks on its members by suspected thugs of the APC who unleashed violence on PDP members on Thursday.
The Kwara state police command had on Saturday issued a statement personally signed by the Kwara state commissioner of police, Bashir Makama, where it claimed that Saraki’s allegations that his life and those of his supporters were in danger in the state were unsubstantiated.
But, the PDP in its response to the police claims said it submitted a petition titled” Attack on the lives of Mr Mumini Ambali and Mr Aremo Fatai by armed thugs of factional APC loyal to AbdulRahman AbdulRasaq on the orders of Musibau Eshinrogunjo, Yahaya Seriki and Ibrahim Labaika at Adewole ward, Ilorin” dated January 11,2019 to the office of the Kwara state police commissioner .
The petition was signed by the party’s State Legal Adviser, O.M Aborishade(Esq).
It said the petition was received and acknowledged by the office of Kwara state police commissioner and a copy of the petition, duly signed and stamped by the receiver was given to the PDP officials by the police.
The PDP added that ” we also submitted another petition titled ” Petition Against The Destruction of Campaign Posters and Banners ” dated January 11, 2019 to the office of the Kwara state police commissioner.
The petition on the destruction of our campaign posters and banners partly reads ” Just last month, series of contemptuous event featuring posters and banners damage was reported to our party secretariat by party members. This present month,series of posters,banners have been torn and destroyed in areas including G.R.A,Adewole,Adeta,Baboko, Oloje, Post office, and other areas in Ilorin metropolis. Campaign bill boards are being constantly vandalized.
” These posters, banners and bill boards are important elements of our campaign activities and the destruction of them is amounting to deliberate attempt to besmirch the reputation of our party and her candidates.
” I therefore call on the Kwara state police commissioner to look into the issue and help forestall future occurrences.”
The party added that its two petitions to the state police command were also sent to the Department of State Service, Kwara state Command, Ilorin.
It urged the police to redress their mistakes as pointed out by the Senate President and face their duty of protecting lives and property in the state instead making futile efforts to distort facts.