Enugu Police Partisan, Refuses Opposition Party Access to Security –APCFeatured, Latest News, News Friday, September 20th, 2013
By Ignatius Okpara, Enugu
The Enugu state chapter of All Progress Congress APC, has condemned the refusal of the police command in the area to provide them security during the party’s just concluded primary elections held last Thursday in Enugu ahead of the November 2nd, 2013 council polls in the state.
Speaking with newsmen at the end of the primaries, Dr. Ben Nwoye, the state local government primary election committee chairman for APC, described the police action as unfair, and quite unfortunate.
Dr. Nwoye, disclosed that he led other members of his committee to the state commissioner of police office, where they had gone to summit their official letter requesting for security during the primary elections,” but the personal Asistant PA to the commissioner, refused to collect it from us.”
He said the Cps, Personal Assistant ( PA) had bluntly told them that his boss, was unavailable and that he cannot receive such letter, especially coming from an opposition party.
The committee chairman, hinted that they had earlier received similar ill treatment at the Area command office where their request was also turned down by the officer in charge.
Dr. Nwoye, regretted that the police action was coming barely few days after some miscreants suspected to be PDP thugs lunched serious attack on the opposition party members at a hotel in Agbani, in Nkanu west council area, where they were holding a meeting.
Said Nwoye: “the attack on our members last Wednesday by the PDP thugs at Agbani, which left some of our members seriously injured was reported to the police and state security service SSS , and up till now nothing has been done about it by the police.”
He however, accused the police operatives in the state of taking sides in political matters, saying, “what the police action simply means is that they are PDP police, and not Nigerian police force established to protect all and sundry”
“It is now clear, that the police in Enugu state, is only for the ruling peoples Democratic party PDP so, we are using this medium to call on the Inspector General of police IGP, to as a matter of urgency come to our aide, because APC members in the state are now endangered species.”
Primaries Successful Despite Police Protection
Nwoye, said he was fulfilled haven’t conducted the primary elections, despite all odds, stating “the that APC primaries, has sent a massage to the PDP government in the state that it would no longer be business as usual in all elections in the area.
The former senatorial candidate of the defunct Action Congress of Nigeria ACN,in Enugu east district, declared that the opposition party is determined in sending PDP packing in the state and National level come 2015.
Highlight of the political exercise witnessed by officials from the Enugu state Independent Electoral Commission ENSIEC, and INEC,was presentation of APC flags to the chairmen and councillorship candidates that emerged during the elections
When contacted, the state police public Relations Officer PPRO, Ebere Amarizu, explained that the APC members did not bring the security request letter on time, saying the doors of the state police command is always open to all citizens at all times.
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