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Ekiti Election: Police investigating Fayose over attempt to announce results

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Says governor “should know how to suffer his loss”
•Force not biased, acted strictly on security
•No PDP agent, observer was chased away

Jude Johnson

The Nigerian Police Force (NPF) has disclosed that it is investigating the embattled Governor of Ekiti State, Mr. Ayodele Fayose, over attempt to announce the result of the July 14, 2018 governorship election on state television.

Even though, the Nigerian Broadcasting Commission (NBC) shut down the State media station, the Police has vowed not to allow the matter slide by.

A top officer in the NPF told Global Sentinel that Police has began probing Fayose who is still protesting the outcome of the results, which the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) announced the candidate of All Progressive Congress (APC), Mr. Kayode Fayemi as the winner.

The officer also told the governor to simply learn how to suffer his loss in silence.

“This is somebody that went and announced results in his radio station, I think you are aware of that. So police is investigating that also. So the man should know where to suffer his loss not attacking police,” the source said.

This is the second Federal agency baying for the head of Fayose since his chosen candidate of People Democratic Party (PDP) and Deputy Governor of the state, Prof. Olusola Eleka, lost the election.

The first to fire a salvo, which many have condemned as exposing the agency to partisan politics was the Economic and Financial Crimes Commission (EFCC) which in alleged Twitter handled mocked the governor for losing his immunity, promising to reopen his 2005 corruption case against him.

Also speaking, the Force Public Relations Officer, DCP Jimoh Moshood, debunked the claims by Fayose that its personnel were biased against the PDP in the just concluded governorship election.

Moshood insisted that their personnel conducted themselves professionally to the administration of both local and international observers.

He remarked that the Police action and conducted during the July 14 election was purely for security purposes.

He also challenged Fayose to prove his allegation, insisting that the election was credible.

He said: “It’s an allegation now. Anybody that makes allegation will prove it because the fact still remains that we are not a political party and we are not biased. Are you getting me? From day one and apart from us as a police, there are a lot of local and international observers that even before the results was announced they said the election was credible and that the role of the police was strictly security. So how will somebody stand and say he protested against us. But the bottom line is that we are unbiased, our role was strictly security we didn’t chase away anybody.

“Though our role is strictly security, the IG is happy and congratulated all personnel that participated in the security of the election. A lot of people, Internationally have been calling us, appreciating the efforts of the police.”

Speaking further, Moshood denied that Police and other security agents denied the PDP observers access to the collation centres.

He said that contrary to the rumour making rounds, nobody chased the party agents away from any of the result collation and announcement centres.

He continued: “Nobody chased them away, you know this is eh, I don’t know what to tell you about it but I know that we didn’t chase anybody away because international observers were there local observers were there and everybody all the political parties, the parties contesting were equally there. So how many political parties making this allegation eh?

“And it is not only the police that is on the field, even the good people of Ekiti state too can attest to that that we didn’t chase my political observer At least you can listen to all the agents of the parties talking from the venue where the results was announced. Nobody has ever heard occasions that we chased them away.”

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