SECURITY: Police, DSS urge INEC to postpone Edo governorship election

*PDP insists on conduct of the poll

Police and the Department of Security Service (DSS) have asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to postpone the Saturday Governorship Poll in Edo state.

Force spokesman, Don Anwunah, and Garba Abdullahi of DSS made the call at a joint news conference in Abuja, as INEC announced the deployment of 18,511 electoral officers for the conduct of the poll.

Police and DSS Spokesmen based their call for a shift in the poll on the threat by some extremists and terrorists to strike vulnerable and soft targets in some states between Monday and Tuesday, next week.

 

The postponement, DSS and police said would enable security agencies to deal decisively with the envisaged attacks.

Ahead of the security advice, the Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris had already deployed a deputy Inspector General of Police, an Assistant Inspector General of Police, three Police Commissioners and 25,000 policemen to join the Edo State Police Command to secure the state during the poll.

Meanwhile, the People Democratic Party (PDP) has dismissed the call by the Department of Security Service (DSS) and police that INEC should postpone the Edo state governorship poll.

Spokesman of the Makarfi PDP faction, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, said the position of the two security agencies is shocking, bizzare, and confusing.

The party said such security alert coming a day after President Buhari was in Benin City for the APC final campaign rally for the poll is disturbing.

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