lagos—The leader of O’odua Peoples Congress, OPC, Chief Gani Adams, has warned the Federal Government not to make the military take over the duties of the Police during the March and April elections. Adams, however threw his weight behind the deployment of solders to crisis-prone areas in the country.
He also noted that so far, the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, has not shown that it was ready to conduct the forthcoming elections without disenfranchising most of the eligible voters. He explained that in the South West alone, ”No fewer than five million registered voters were yet to collect their Permanent Voter’s Cards, PVCs, same in several geo-political zones across the country.”
Speaking at the Murtala Mohammed International Airport, MMIA, Lagos on his way to Atlanta, Georgia, United States to receive a cultural award, Adams urged the government to ensure civility throughout the period of the elections, adding that the deployment of army for the elections must be minimised across the country.
He added that, initially, he was among those that kicked against the deployment of solders for elections purposes, but noted that the government was acting on intelligence reports. He said, “I am one of those that kicked against the idea at the initial stage because I thought the ruling party wanted to use it to win elections, but later, we realised that they acted on intelligence reports that there would be crises after the declaration of results in Osun and Ekiti States.”