Nigeria Governors condemn police, SSS’ partisanship during elections

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum, NGF, has asked the nation’s institutions and security agencies to emulate the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, in the discharge of their responsibilities during elections in the country.

In a statement on Friday to congratulate Governor Rauf Aregbesola of Osun State on his victory in the August 9 governorship election in the state, the Forum said it was important for institutions and security agencies to be professional and avoid partisanship in the discharge of their duties.

It stated this against the backdrop of the arrest and detention of members of a political party before and during the Osun election.

The All Progressives Congress [APC] claimed that about 150 of its members were arrested and harassed by the police and operatives of the State Security Service, SSS, on the eve of the Osun State governorship election as well as on the Election Day.

There are suggestions by many Nigerians that the Nigeria police and the SSS consider themselves agents of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party [PDP] during elections.

But the Governors’ Forum argued that the nation’s security agencies belong to all Nigerians and should not be placed at the disposal of a particular political party.

“We urge all other national institutions and security agencies to emulate INEC, eschew partisanship and learn to discharge their responsibilities with professionalism. They should put their services at the disposal of all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliations,” the NGF said in the statement by its Director General, Asishana Okauru.

“Our security agencies are important national assets in which all Nigerians have stakes and must not only be fair to all parties during elections, but must be seen to be so.”

The Forum commended the handling of the election by INEC, saying its near-perfect handling of the poll “gives us hope that the 2015 elections would most likely be free, fair and credible”.

It stated further, “We urge the commission to remain focused and continue to perfect its processes ahead of the forthcoming elections. We in the NGF are ever ready to partner the commission in whichever way we can to ensure that it delivers on its mandate.”

Besides saluting the people of Osun State for their conduct during the poll, the Forum also congratulated all the other 19 candidates and their parties for their peaceful conduct before, during and after the election, and for demonstrating a rare spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the poll.

It added, “We urge them all to work with Governor Aregbesola in taking Osun state forward.

“The people of the state have made all Nigerians proud by demonstrating, again, that Nigerians, on their own can choose their own leaders on their own terms, in an ordered manner. The peaceful conduct of the election assures us all that the future of democracy is bright in our country.

The Forum called on Mr. Aregbesola to be magnanimous in victory as he continued to savour the joy of his triumph at the keenly contested election.

“He should consider the election as one in which there was no victor and no vanquished. We urge him to put behind him the acrimony and controversy that characterized electioneering in the state in the past few months and continue to work on his masterplan of giving quality governance to the people of the state,” it stressed.

The Forum urged the governor’s opponents in the election to be gallant in defeat, and demonstrate the requisite large-heartedness to warm up to the governor to take Osun state forward.

Read full statement below:

NGF CONGRATULATES GOVERNOR AREGBESOLA, INEC OVER OSUN ELECTION; URGES NON-PARTISANSHIP BY SECURITY AGENCIES

The Nigeria Governors’ Forum (NGF) congratulates Ogeni Rauf Aregbesola, the governor-elect of state of Osun on his reelection at the just concluded gubernatorial elections in Osun state.

While we congratulate the governor for his victory, we also salute the people of Osun state for their conduct during the election.

We also congratulate all the other 19 candidates and their parties for their peaceful conduct before, during and after the election, and for demonstrating a rare spirit of sportsmanship by accepting the outcome of the poll.

We urge them all to work with Governor Aregbesola to take Osun state forward.

The people of the state have made all Nigeria proud by demonstrating, again, that Nigerians, on their own can choose their own leaders on their own terms, in an ordered manner.
The peaceful conduct of the election assures us all that the future of democracy is bright.

As he continues to savour the joy of his triumph at the keenly contested election, we call on Governor Aregbesola to be magnanimous in victory. He should consider the election as one in which there was no victor and no vanquished.

We urge him to put behind him the acrimony and controversy that characterized electioneering in the state in the past few months and begin to work out a masterplan to give quality governance to the people of the state.

We also urge the governor’s opponents in the election to be gallant in defeat, and demonstrate the requisite large-heartedness to warm up to the governor to take Osun state forward.

We commend the handling of the election by the Independent National Electoral Commission [INEC]. The commission’s near-perfect handling of that election gives us hope that the 2015 elections would most likely be free, fair and credible.

We urge the commission to remain focused and continue to perfect its processes ahead of the forthcoming elections. We in the NGF are ever ready to partner the commission in whichever way we can to ensure that it delivers on its mandate.

We urge all other national institutions and security agencies to emulate INEC, eschew partisanship and learn to discharge their responsibilities with professionalism. They should put their services at the disposal of all Nigerians irrespective of political affiliations.

Our security agencies are important national assets in which all Nigerians have stakes and must not only be fair to all parties during elections, but must be seen to be so

Once again, congratulations!

Asishana Okauru, Esq.,
Director General
Nigeria Govenors’ Forum (NGF)


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  • Growing up (mind you I’m old enough) I hardly heard about or saw the DSS popularly known as SSS then(even now). But today Aunty Ogar and her hooded men are everywhere and heard so often. What has changed?!

    • redeem

      It was Obj that created the NSO-WHICH IS NOW DSS———————NOT JONATHAN——————–AND THEY ARE DOING THEIR JOB JUST LIKE THE CIA OR THE FBI—THE AMERICAN GOVERNMENT HAVE HAD SIMILAR ENCOUNTER WITH THEIRS—THEY DO NOT JUST OPEN UP OVER NOTHING—THEY HAVE THE EVIDENCE-TO PROVE TO THE WORLD THAT AREGBESHOLA THE GOVERNOR OF OSUN STATE- TRIED TO BRIBE THEM–WITH 14M–PERIOD- LET HIM–speak up on this every troubling issue–we the Nigerian people did not ask for a 419 photo session from the APC governors-let them admit or deny-the allegation–this VERY INCIDENT- reminds us of the certificate forgery ALLEGATION–that Tinubu had with late chief Gani-let the governor speak up on the issue-now——-

      • Island man

        How much are you paid for supporting #jonaweed and PDP. Its clear that jonaweed is clueless and wicked to Nigerians, guy do you have conscience at all???

  • redeem

    The All Progressives Congress has accused the new Police Commissioner in Osun State, Ibrahim Maishanu, of distributing CASH to police personnel and soldiers deployed in the state to skew the Saturday’s governorship election in favour of the Peoples Democratic Party.

    In a statement issued in Osogbo on Friday by its National Publicity Secretary, Alhaji Lai Mohammed, the party alleged that Maishanu distributed the MONEY at the National Youth Service Corps camp in Ede, after addressing the men.

    According to the party, the police boss told the men point blank that his mission is to ensure PDP’s victory at the elections.

    It alleged that the new police boss gave every police officer present N50,000 while other ranks and every non-commissioned soldier received N30,000 and N45,000 each, respectively.

    ”We salute the courage and patriotism of some security agents who gave us this valuable information, and who have vowed never to do anything to subvert the country’s constitution and its democracy, whether or not they are being lured to do so with filthy lucre.

    ”The fact that there are still good men and women even in the security agencies that have become highly-partisan gives us hope that our country’s democracy will survive this unprecedented assault from those who swore an oath to uphold the constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria,” APC said.

    The party wondered where the Police Commissioner got the huge amounts of CASH he gave away so casually in order to use security agencies to thwart the will of the people.

    The APC also alleged that a top hierarchy member of the PDP in Anambra State had entered Osogbo with 50 troops he was given from Enugu with the mission to use the result sheets already given to him to manipulate the results of the election, as WELL as to harass and brutalize any APC member who would not let the PDP carry out its rigging plan during Saturday’s election earlier exposed by the APC.

    • redeem

      YESTERDAY THE POLICE IN OSUN STATE WAS REGARDED AS A FRIEND–AN INFORMAT–OF GOVERNMENT ACTIVITIES–BY APC—NOW NKO AS THE STORY ABOVE SHOWS-?

  • redeem

    The Department for State SECURITY Services (DSS) said the rejection of N14
    Million from governor Rauf Aregbeshola and the All Progressives Congress
    (APC) by its operatives in Osun state is responsible for the recent MEDIA
    ATTACK on the on the DSS.

    Spokesperson of the DSS Marilyn Ogar MADE the revelation today while
    briefing newsmen in Abuja TODAY.

    “The APC is making unfounded allegations on the DSS because our OPERATIVE
    rejected at total of N14 million extended to its officials.

    “They had requested the DSS to come and COLLECT N4 million for himself
    while N10 Million should be given to the boys , but our OPERATIVES
    rejected the offer.”

    • kick ’em out

      So what is your comment here.Jack of all trades, master of none?

  • Naija

    Look who are talking. Amaechi and other PDP rejects with APC counterparts used the security and militants to win elections. The trademark of APC is crying and raising false alarm. Whenever they win security men get praised when they loose they get demonized.

  • I Hate Sycophant Truly

    I think DSS need to clean up their cabinet and stop being partisan in discharging their constitutional duties. I saw some of their attrocities in Osun election and I knew they are working for the PDP and no more. The spokesperson for DSS need to tame her tongue in spewing rubbish. For her saying a highly placed person in Osun wanting to bribe her operative and she didn’t do anything about it, is an indictment on her part and showing she never know her job as the nation’s detentive. Ribadu has done it before and succeeded but this one only talk without result.

    • redeem

      DID THE GOVERNOR ATTEMPT TO BRIBE THEM DSS WITH 14M—–YES OR NO KALAS–INSTEAD OF THIS LONG TALK

      • I Hate Sycophant Truly

        redeem, there’s no place inside the writeup that informed it was the Governor that gave the bribe. The woman just say a highly place person in Osun and it could be any wealthy person in Osun or just visiting Osun. if it were advanced society, she would have been sacked by now for incompetence. Bribery is a serious offence against the state and she should have used her machinery and arrest the bribe giver and hand him over to police without delay.

  • redeem

    THIS IS APC GOVERNORS FORUM–NOT NIGERIA GOVERNORS FORUM BIKO

  • Garden-City Boy

    Nigeria has its own version of everything, including ramadam moons, doctors’ ethical practice codes, definition of genocide and corruption, who the good leader should be and so on. Now it is about the word, “PARTISANSHIP” and the security agencies are accused of “PARTISANSHIP” by the APC-JANJAWEED cult. By the regular, universal concept of that word, the Security agencies would have no business letting the JANAWEED carry the day in Oshun. Now. what is the new meaning of “PARTISANSHIP” in NAJERIYA?

  • BOKO HARAM INSURGENCY and NIGERIAN ELECTION INTRIGUES

    These next six weeks will show us the antics of President Jonathan. We’ll see what
    happens.

    What is the numerical strength of the Nigerian Army forces, 100,000?

    What is the annual budget of the entire Nigerian armed forces, $6,000,000,000?

    This would have been one of Africa’s better equipped armed forces had it not
    been for the supposed kleptomania and maladministration of this armed forces’
    top brass.

    What is the numerical strength of the Chadian and South African mercenaries
    imported to Sambisa forest at atrocious cost, 2,500?

    What is the strength the Multinational African anti-Boko Haram force, 7,500?

    What is strength of Boko Haram in the Northeast, about 5,000?

    The offensive forces have a 110 to 5 ratio advantage over Boko Haram, yet it
    will take them six weeks, in the first instance, to put a dent on Boko Haram or
    an interminable period of time to keep Boko Haram thriving, if history is our
    guide.

    During this six-week period, the entire 400,000-strong Nigerian Police Force
    and Civil Defence will be made idle and will not be called upon by government to
    do their traditional role of supervising Nigeria’s democratic elections. Not
    until the Nigerian Armed Forces decide they want to play the role of a
    redundant Army of Occupation and, God forbid, rig the elections in Jonathan and
    PDP’s favor.

    With close to 500,000 policemen, civil defense, civilian joint task force and
    mobile policemen, please let President Jonathan know that there will be no
    reason to involve the military in supervising the coming elections, except if
    Jonathan wants to rig. The Nigerian armed forces should not be distracted from
    their first duty of eliminating Boko Haram nor be pressured to get it done
    hurriedly. The nation needs them to take all the time they need to get their
    counter-insurgency job done properly. The election should not depend on them,
    neither should they depend on the election. The Nigerian electorate should be
    able to elect her officials without any meddling from the armed forces. Voting
    in elections is a citizen civil duty which does not need the military to
    enforce it, certainly not after half a million policemen are deployable for
    monitoring the elections. Thank you, sir.