The police said Friday that they deployed a “minimum force” in resisting an alleged attempt to break into the Force Headquarters by Senate President Bukola Saraki and a host of other lawmakers and politicians who took part in a rally to demand immediate declaration of Ademola Adeleke as the winner of the controversial governorship election in Osun State last month.
Triotinaija had ealier reported that Mr Saraki led other lawmakers, including Dino Melaye and Ben Murray-Bruce, in a procession through some parts of Abuja to condemn how the Independent National Electoral Commission carried out the September 22 gubernatorial election. Governor Aminu Tambuwal also participated in the exercise, alongside former governor Sule Lamido, Kabiru Turaki, Uche Secondus and amongst others.
INEC declared Gboyega Oyetola of the All Progressives Congress winner of the election following a re-run exercise on September 27. The re-run was marred by irregularities, with local and international observers condemning it as having failed to meet the minimum acceptable standards in election conduct.
Mr Adeleke of the Peoples Democratic Party has declined to concede defeat in the poll, proceeding to the tribunal with the hope of overturning the result while insisting that INEC must declare him winner in the meantime.
A day to the PDP presidential primaries in which Mr Saraki is an aspirant and billed to be in Port Harcourt for the event on Saturday, the police said he was involved in an unruly conduct to disturb the peace of Abuja residents on Friday.
Police spokesperson Jimoh Moshood said in a statement Friday afternoon that Mr Saraki, Mr Melaye, Mr Murray-Bruce and others who participated in the protest should turn themselves in to the police latest by Monday, October 8.
Mr Murray-Bruce complained about the manner himself and others were treated by the police Friday afternoon, saying he was disappointed because he had been a prominent Nigerian for so many years.