”Police forced Jonathan to concede 2015 election” – Former IGP, Suleiman Abba

”Police forced Jonathan to concede 2015 election” – Former IGP, Suleiman Abba

A former inspector-normal of police, Suleiman Abba, says the police beneath him forced former President Goodluck Jonathan to concede the 2015 election to President Buhari.

Jonathan had known as president Buhari to congratulate him whereas INEC was nonetheless collating all the outcomes from the election.

In an interview with DailyTrust, Abba mentioned the police must be congratulated for forcing the previous president to do what was proper.

“Thank God that in our personal case, we forced those that misplaced elections to settle for the outcomes. The Nigeria police forced those that misplaced elections to settle for the end result. I mentioned the Nigeria Police, I didn’t say Suleiman Abba. It was the motion of the police that made them to have a change of thoughts and settle for the outcomes. The heroes of that election ought to have been the police.” he mentioned 

Talking additional, Abba mentioned he was beneath strain from the stalwarts of the Peoples Democratic Celebration (PDP) to compromise the 2015 elections. He mentioned earlier than then, a prime member of the then ruling occasion had requested him to ship the 2014 governorship election in Osun state to the PDP.

“Consider me, I’ve at all times counted myself fortunate. I believe due to the little background I gave you in regards to the energy of self-discipline in me, each private {and professional}, I acquired my sack as a standard growth. I used to be not shocked for a motive that I knew it will occur. Proper from the time I began work as inspector-normal of police, I knew that I could not attain the date of my retirement, which might have been 2019, by which era I might have been 35 years in service and 60 years of age. I’m saying this as a result of the very first week I took over, we had the elections in Ekiti; that was August 2014. Preparations had been made for the election by my predecessor and I believe it was the identical crew that additionally did the Osun election, it was the identical AIG. One of many main stalwarts within the PDP then mentioned to me: ‘IG (you realize I used to be appearing then) ship Osun to us and we’ll affirm you shortly.’

“I used to be shocked! That was after I knew that I could not final lengthy within the workplace. Instantly, I mentioned to myself, ‘How might I ship when I’m not an voters? The voters are those to ship, my very own was to shield the entire course of.’ After all I mentioned to myself that what occurred to considered one of my predecessors (might his soul relaxation in peace), Adamu Suleiman, was going to occur to me, perhaps I might by no means be confirmed. He was inspector-normal of police and until he left workplace he was not confirmed.

“So that’s my method; I settle for issues the way in which they arrive. I mentioned to myself that I used to be going to depart that workplace with out affirmation; however then, I went to Osun and did what I used to be supposed to do. After all, having made up my thoughts that I wasn’t going to take the dictates of somebody on what I had been doing for many years, I went to Osun, addressed the law enforcement officials who have been very cheerful as a result of they have been seeing their IGP for the primary time. I informed them to go and do what the legislation shield the voters, all different stakeholders, INEC officers, observers, and naturally, another person who had the correct to be across the polling areas, collation areas.

“I additionally informed them to go and shield the end result of the election itself. I warned them additionally that in the event that they allowed themselves to commit any offence in opposition to the electoral act, their punishment could be double as a result of they might lose their jobs and could also be charged to courtroom. They heeded my warning and did precisely what was anticipated of them and the end result was {that a} winner emerged.

“That was precisely what occurred. From then on I knew that, maybe, I used to be not going to get confirmed or final lengthy in workplace. So it didn’t come to me as a shock in any respect. I additionally suppose it was a blessing from the Almighty God, so I wasn’t shocked or disturbed.

“I misplaced an workplace I ought to have held for 4 years, however that was my future. And that was why I refused to go to courtroom, even when individuals have been prompting me to accomplish that.”

The previous police boss additionally denied allegations that he went to the airport to obtain President Buhari alongside different APC chieftains shortly after the 2015 election

“The one time I met the president-elect was like all the opposite service chiefs did, to go and congratulate him. It was a typical settlement that we have been going to congratulate him. I attended the presentation of certificates to the president-elect. Let me let you know why I did that. One, it’s only the police that had a seat at that perform. Let me additionally draw your consideration to the truth that in case you test the electoral act, the police are clearly talked about because the custodians of safety of the elections.

Now the IGP had a seat and I appointed at the moment, in accordance to custom, an AIG to symbolize me in all of the actions of the collation, however when it obtained to the height I went. In any case, if it was the then PDP candidate that gained, I’m positive if I didn’t even go there a much bigger question would have come. So if we’re speaking about an election the place a candidate that wins legitimately ought to get all of the help, then I don’t see any motive why anyone ought to question me for attending these features. I couldn’t be a traitor. I solely did what was anticipated of me and I’ll repeat it uncountable instances if I get the chance to accomplish that (to shield the legislation and do what is predicted of me.”


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