Breaking: 19,200 PUWOG APC Members Deployed For Saturday’s Elections
By Odion Okoda
BENIN – The desperation of the ruling APC in Edo state has taken another dimension as Edo state governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki has perfected plans to incorporate 19,200 member-strong Public Works Organization, PUWOG, as part of the formal security architecture for Saturday’s elections.
It will be recalled that the Edo State Governor, Mr. Godwin Obaseki while unveiling the Edo State Security Architecture in December last year, said the components of the state security architecture include:
Recruiting 100 young men and women from each ward across Edo State or 19,200
Training for 1,000 of them by the Nigeria Police
Establishment of the Public Works Volunteers (PUWOV) scheme with 3000 trained and kitted workforce
50 special security cars fitted with modern communication and security gadgets;
30 Toyota Hilux patrol vans;
30 patrol motor bikes
3 Tropicalised Armoured Personnel Carriers;
3 Ambulances; Integrated Command and Control Centre
5 special security check points to be manned at all the entry and exit points in the state.
Speaking at the launch of the initiative, the governor explained that security is central to his administration’s reform agenda, stressing that the new security architecture is a comprehensive programme.
He did not say the plan of the reform was for election purposes, although it is now obvious what the plan is.
In the guise of using the newly launched “Wabizigan” for saturday’s February 16th general elections, the PUWOG operatives just ended training on Sunday 10th February at Police training school, Ogida barracks.
Obaseki who was personally on ground yesterday evening to brief them about their mischievous responsibilities, informed them they will be deployed to work with other security agencies for Saturday’s poll.
They will no doubt work with 1 DIG, 3 Commissioners of Police, 12,000 policemen and other allied security personnel who will be on ground for the elections.
What is now certain is that the Obaseki security police PUWOG, will equally be on ground in all wards in fake police uniforms on Saturday to assist the APC with their rigging plans and
neutralize the strongholds of the PDP in a bid to manipulate the elections in Edo state.
Their other job will be to help Governor Obaseki intimidate leaders and members of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) at polling units and collation centres.