Former Inspector General of Police, IGP, Suleiman Abba has disclosed that the police prevailed on then President Goodluck Jonathan of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, to concede defeat and congratulate the then president-elect, Muhammadu Buhari of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
The IGP at the time, claimed that he was under pressure from the stalwarts of the PDP to compromise the 2015 elections.
“Thank God that in our own case, we forced those who lost elections to accept the results. The Nigeria Police forced those who lost elections to accept the outcome.
“I said the Nigeria Police, I didn’t say Suleiman Abba. It was the action of the police that made them to have a change of mind and accept the results. The heroes of that election should have been the police,” he said in an exclusive interview with Daily Trust.
Jonathan was praised for conceding defeat and congratulating Buhari before the final results of the 2015 presidential elections were announced by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.
Speaking on whether he was being asked by the then ruling PDP to compromise the 2015 elections, he said, “As AIG, I chaired the committee that planned the security of the 2015 elections. In the report we came out with we emphasized that police officers should be sensitised enough to do what is expected of them, to distance themselves from experiences where the police get accused after every national election the police help the party in power to manipulate the result.
“So when I became the Inspector General of Police and with the elections about six months ahead, the first thing I did was to begin the implementation of that report, particularly the sensitisation of officers. In doing that, I addressed senior police officers and asked them to sensitise those within their commands, heads of departments, commissioners of police and others. down to the constable.
“A commissioner of police, for example, would go back to his state, address his DPOs, and the DPOs in turn would conduct lectures routinely. I was emphatic that every police officer should be impartial and non-partisan. In that address, someone went to the Villa and told them what the IGP was doing and one of the big shots there called me – and in a form of query – saying, “IGP why are you telling your officers to go and be non-partisan while you should be telling them to help us.”
“Of course, they knew there was no way I could do a thing like that. He even advised that if you cannot talk to them in general why don’t you call the commissioners one by one. Of course, we went ahead and did the right thing and the result was obvious; the police was impartial and non-partisan.”