By Baba Kura Mallam, MaiduguriÂ
Borno State Governor, Alhaji Kashim Shettima has written a petition to the Inspector General of Police, Mr. Solomon Arase calling for investigation into the origin of campaign posters bearing his picture and that of his Imo State counterparT, Owelle Rochas Okorocha, canvassing for support for the 2019 presidency.Â
In the petition, Shettima stated while he wasn’t worried about whatever political objective aimed by those who pasted the posters in many parts of the FCT and Kaduna on Sunday, his concern was that sponsors had a “wicked agenda” of undermining the current cohesion between the Borno State Government and Buhari led administration.Â
The letter with reference number BOSLO/ABJ/14/IV/407, signed by Permanent Secretary in charge of the Borno Government House and Security, Mr Ahmed Sanda was dated May 29, 2016, dispatched fromÂ the Governorâ€™s office.Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â Â
It reads in part, “I have been directed by His Excellency, the Executive of Borno State, Kashim Shettima to bring to the IGP’s notice, dozens of fraudulently produced posters bearing his name and picture claiming he is aspiring for the 2019 Presidency. The posters have been pasted on some routes in Abuja and Kaduna.Â
â€œGovernor Kashim Shettima regards this development as a highly mischievous plot that is aimed at destabilizing the emerging peace in Borno State through creation of unnecessary political tension while on the other hand it might aim at creating gap between the Borno State Government and the President Muhammadu Buhari led administration (which just marked it’s first year in office) with a wicked agenda of undermining the current cohesion between the two arms of Government working together in the last one year for the collective goal of ending the Boko Haram insurgency.