Ogun Re-Run Election: Police Rolls-Out Scorecard, Arrests One Suspect
By ABIODUN JIMOH, ABEOKUTA
One suspect was arrested for alleged vote buying by Ogun State Police Command during the re-run election in some polling units that cut across Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu North and Odogbolu Federal Constituency in the state.
The suspect according to the Command Police Public Relations Officer, DSP Abimbola Oyeyemi has immediately been handed over to the officials of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for further investigation.
DSP Oyeyemi stated this while giving the command activities scorecard at the re-run elections held across the three local governments that make up of the federal constituency on Saturday.
He stated: “Following the Court of Appeal judgment which ordered a re-run election in some polling units that cut across three local governments namely: Ijebu-Ode, Ijebu North and Odogbolu Federal Constituency of Ogun State, the said election was held on Saturday 25th of January 2020 incompliance with the judgment of the court.
“As a lead agency in internal security, the Ogun State Police Command in collaboration with other sister agencies in the state worked round the clock in ensuring the peaceful conduct of the election.
“Prior to the election day, the Inter Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (ICCES) which have the Commissioner of Police as Chairman, held meeting with the chieftains of political parties participating in the election and other stakeholders.
“The rules guiding the conduct of election was spelt out to them and the need for them to warn their supporters to eschew violence before, during and after the rerun poll.”
Furthermore, he said: “This proactive measures yielded positive result as the election was conducted smoothly devoid of any form of rancor. Police and other security officers were massively deployed to polling units and other strategic areas as well as various collation centers.
“One suspect was arrested for allege vote buying and was immediately handed over to the officials of Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) for further investigation. The conduct of the election which started at 8:00am came to an end by 2:00pm when the counting of votes commenced.
“The Command hereby wishes to commend the participating political parties, the electorate and all stakeholders for their peaceful conduct before, during and after the conduct of the rerun election.
“The Command also wishes to further reiterate our commitment to security of life and property which is our constitutional responsibility and the cooperation of members of the public in this regard will always be appreciated as security is everybody’s business.”