Ekiti guber: Dino Melaye accuses Buhari of militarising democracy

Senator Dino Melaye, representing Kogi West senatorial district, has
chided President Muhammadu Buhari-led government for drafting over
30,000 policemen to Ekiti ahead of the governorship election scheduled
for Saturday.

He said that the President was out to militarise democracy, as he
carpeted the Nigeria Police for not offering such huge numbers of
officers when there was crisis in any part of the country.

Speaking on the floor of the Senate on Wednesday under order 42 and 52
of Senate rules, he said: "Mr. President, I rise this morning to read
in the papers, that 30,000 police men were drafted to Ekiti over
election scheduled for Saturday."

"Election is a civic duty and it is common practice all over the world
that we need not militarise elections. I am appalled that there is
crisis in Zamfara, in Plateau, Kaduna, Taraba and this number of
policemen were not drafted.

"I heard that the Force Police Public Relations (PPRO), Jimoh Moshood
stated that about 30,000 police were drafted to Ekiti."

"I wish to submit that the Nigeria Police furnish this Senate the
names and service numbers of those drafted: where they were drafted
from and where they are going.

"We cannot sit down as Senate seeing democracy turned to militocracy.

"If we do not get up, history will not forgive us and nobody should be
allowed to run the country as a club."

However, Senator Kabir Marafa differed on Dino Melaye's submission,
asserting that the Nigerian Senate cannot be reduced into dabbling to
the work of the Police.

He said the peculiarities of Ekiti state might be responsible for the
drafting of such number of policemen, insisting that there was no need
asking the Police to furnish the Senate detail of their actions.

He recalled that former president Goodluck Jonathan drafted the
military to Ekiti state in the last election that brought Ayodele
Fayose into office for second term.

Marafa sided with the Police, stressing that Ekiti people and their
properties deserve to be protected.
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