The All Progressives Congress (APC) says the deployment of policemen to its national secretariat in Abuja is to strengthen security at the building.
John Akpanudoedehe, secretary, APC Caretaker and Extra-ordinary Convention Planning Committee (CECPC), said this when he spoke with journalists on Monday in Abuja.
Mr Akpanudoedehe said there was nothing to be worried about.
According to him, the police deployment is to strengthen security at the party’s secretariat.
”The police are here to strengthen security for the leadership of Gov. Mai Mala Buni-led APC CECPC.
“Whenever you have a security situation or report, you take precautions to protect lives and property.
“APC cannot be embarrassed because we are the national government, therefore, we take measures to forestall any negative happenings.
“We have a security report, and you can’t expect us to call thugs to defend the national secretariat; the right thing to do is to inform the police and the State Security Service (SSS) and that is what we have done,” he said.
The CECPC secretary said the APC would never underestimate any security report or try to play it down.
He added the party would continue to take measures to protect the lives and property of its members and Nigerians generally.
He also saidthe party would begin to observe full compliance with COVID-19 protocols to prevent infections
Mr Akpanudoedehe said it was the responsibility of the CECPC, as managers of the party, to put measures in place to protect lives and property.
He, however, advised that people should not take anything for granted, saying that every security report must be taken seriously.
“We must have to put everything in place, even the ones that are not verifiable.
“What we consider to be a threat is not what you consider to be a threat, a mere word that you pass by, we would heighten it because we don’t want to be embarrassed.
“This is APC that produces the national government. We cannot embarrass the president, we cannot embarrass the government of APC and we cannot embarrass ourselves,” the party scribe said.
He assured party members that the Buni-led CECPC was not in any way threatened as speculated in some quarters, adding that the chairman was as firm as ever.
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