Ahead of the February 2023 general elections in Nigeria, some Presidential candidates have petitioned the United States of America; the US, the United Kingdom, the UK; as well as the international community over the alleged posting of top police officers in favour of the South-West region and the candidate of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC); Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
They alleged the posting was done to help Tinubu rig the poll.
Tinubu is from the South-West Region of the country.
According to them, the Chairman of the Police Service Commission (PSC); Musiliu Smith, has approved the posting of 16 indigenes who hail from the South-West; to serve as commissioners out of the 37 commands in the country – 36 states and the Federal Capital Territory.
Tinubu, one of the 2023 frontrunners
The petitioners alleged that Smith, a former Inspector-General of Police (IGP) and from the South-West; carried out the lopsided postings in collaboration with the present IGP; Usman Alkali Baba, who is from Yobe State, in North-East Nigeria.
Also approved are the postings of seven Assistant Inspectors General (AIGs) of Police; who are from of the South-West to seven out of the 17 zonal headquarters, the petitioners alleged.
“We considered these postings as a plot to rig the 2023 presidential election using the relationship between the APC and the two top police officials,” the petition read.
Equally important, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said the Presidential and National Assembly elections will hold on Saturday, February 25, 2023, while governorship and state houses of assembly elections will hold on March 11, 2023.