- The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) says it is disturbed over alleged involvement of police in the violence that marred Osun election rerun
- The CPPM wants IGP Ibrahim Idris to investigate what it calls a condemnable development
- The observer group says it will not allow enemies of democracy to truncate the system
The Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM), one of the local observers during the governorship election in Osun state, has called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, to commence investigation into alleged violence during the exercise.
The organisation specifically lamented the alleged involvement of the police in the alleged violence widely reported during the election rerun which took place on Thursday, September 27.
The group led by Nelson Ekujumi noted while the governorship election earlier conducted was deemed free and fair, the rerun could not be described as such.
“Thus, the Committee for the Protection of Peoples Mandate (CPPM) as a responsible and patriotic body is concerned and disturbed by allegations of violence, intimidation and assault of the electorate, party agents, observers and the media by security personnel deployed to maintain law and order.
“We are also troubled by the allegations of the complicity of the security agencies with political party thugs and miscreants to assault the democratic rights of Nigerians which is unacceptable and condemnable.
“These worrisome allegations against the neutrality and professionalism of the security agencies if allowed to stand without an investigation and report of the findings to do the needful, has the tendency to mar the credibility of the election and undermine the sanctity of the ballot box derived from an atmosphere devoid of fear and intimidation.
“It is in this vein, that we at CPPM, call on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Ibrahim Idris, in line with his constitutional responsibility, to immediately set up an investigative panel to examine these alleged violations of the electoral act with a view to establish the veracity of the allegations and prosecute accordingly.
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“We cannot fold our arms, sit idle and allow anti-democratic elements and their sponsors, to erode the strenuous gains of our democracy in recent times by the alleged resort to hooliganism and gangsterism which must be condemned and confronted with the full weight of the law,” the group said.
NAIJ.com earlier reported that the election observation teams of the United States (US), the European Union (EU) and United Kingdom, late Thursday, September 27, gave their initial observation on the conduct of the rerun governorship election in Osun state.
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