The Chairman of the Amotekun Corps, Osun State Chapter, Brig. General Bashir Biodun Adewinmbi (Rtd) has made an open appeal to the Nigerian President, Muhammadu Buhari-led’s government to allow the Amotekun Corps and other arms of the security outfit to play their traditional roles during the general elections come 2023.
The Commander of the Osun State Amotekun Corps had made this open appeal while speaking to Newsmen on the ruling of the court which had barred the corps from participating in the Osun governorship election.
He had also revealed that Amotekun is a regional security outfit and should be allowed to play its traditional roles.
Adewinmbi said: “We appeal to the Federal Government to allow us to carry out our traditional roles in the 2023 general elections, especially in all South West geo-political zones.
“Ordinarily we do not interfere with voting processes but we must be allowed to help in the areas of securing our borders during elections.
“Our agency has enough capacity to stop the illegal movement of arms during elections and also to protect the lives and properties of the people.”
Speaking on the court ruling that barred the corps from the Osun governorship election, the Amotekun boss said; “It is not good enough.”
“Amotekun took part in Ekiti, Ondo, so why Osun?”
Adewinmbi, however, noted the election in his polling unit (Polling Unit o06 Oloba-Atapara, Ward 01) had been peaceful.
He said: “It is going very well and smoothly. I am sure you have moved around, no vote-buying is allowed here, people must be allowed to vote who they want.”