Signs of what to expect in the days ahead as politicians prepare for the 2011 general elections manifested at the national headquarters of the Peoples Democratic Party on Thursday. That day, pandemonium broke out at the party‘s headquarters in Abuja as policemen attached to the party seized charms from a member of the party from Osun State.

The member (name withheld) was surprised when policemen attached to the party insisted on conducting security checks on all of the party members before being allowed inside the party premises. On sighting the objects, the policemen were taken aback as some of them beat a retreat.

However, one of them who summoned courage moved swiftly to the politician and demanded to know why he had to come to the party office with such objects. Responding, he said the charms were for self -protection. This answer did not satisfy the policeman as he prodded further. This made the politician to say since he was coming from a far distance, he needed to fortify himself against any danger. Not interested in further discussion, the policemen asked him to wrap the charms, which he did and placed under a sofa at the security post within the premises.

This, however, did not go down well with the staff of the party and some visitors, who wondered whether it would be safe for people to sit on the sofa with the objects under it. A policeman later agreed to hold the charms, telling the politician to come and pick it from him anytime he was ready to leave.

Shaking his head several times, a police corporal turned to our correspondent and said he and his colleagues, especially those that would be part of the 2011 general elections needed to be ”fortified” ahead of the elections. Maybe, Jega needs to reverse his budget for the election to make provision for this miscellaneous item.

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