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Bola Tinubu 'Zero Police presence in PDP strongholds is suspicious' - APC leader says

He alleged that the Federal Government had demoted the Commissioner of Police in Lagos to the level of an area commander because PDP has ulterior motives.

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APC National leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu play

APC National leader, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu

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National leader of the All Progressives Congress (APC) and a former Governor of Lagos State, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, says the presence of police officers in areas considered to be the stronghold of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) is near zero.

He alleged that the Federal Government had demoted the Commissioner of Police in Lagos, Kayode Aderanti, to the level of an area commander because PDP has ulterior motives.

Speaking to journalists at Sunday Adigun street, Alausa, where he voted today, April 11, the political titan said it is the Assistant Inspector-General of Police, Joseph Mbu, acting as the Commissioner of Police for the elections instead, which clearly suggests foul play.

He said, “the alarming issue now is the inconsistencies and lack of police presence in areas of their own boasting. They announced Monday last week that the AIG has been assigned to supervise the elections. Yesterday (Friday), we heard the CP has been relegated to an area commander and the AIG is now a Commissioner of Police in charge of the election.

“From that, you smell rats. It is not good enough for confidence building. If there is no written order, it should not be possible for anybody, no matter how highly placed, to make an oral posting of the police or the army.”

Tinubu noted that it is the do or die ideology of many political leaders that causes electoral violence and other irregularities. He stated that Nigeria politics must be rid of desperate leaders who do not have respect for the tenets of democracy.

“We have to remove violence from our politics. Election is about people and service, it is not a process of gun, war and violence,” he said. “It is power by all means that is the cause of the violence and we have to remove that and allow the process to function and nurture the process of democracy, respect the rule of law and lives and property of Nigerians.”

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