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Ondo election: IGP reads riot act to politicians, cops, others

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INSPECTOR-GENERAL of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, has warned politicians, security agents and others with any role to play in the upcoming governorship elections slated for Saturday, in Ondo State,  to guard against actions and utterances inimical to the conduct.

  Adamu said the warning became necessary to ensure that the exercise was carried out in a free, fair and credible manner.

  The IGP, who gave the warning in Abuja, said he would not hesitate to apply the full weight of the law on any person no matter their status in society, who engages in any electoral fraud.

  Adamu spoke in a statement signed by force public relations officer, Frank Mba, yesterday.

  According to him, Police will not tolerate electoral frauds, political violence, vote buying, ballot box snatching, hate speeches and all other unwholesome practices capable of undermining the peace and stability of the electoral process.

  “With three days to the Ondo Gubernatorial Election, slated to hold on Saturday, 10th October 2020, the Inspector-General of Police, IGP M.A. Adamu has for the umpteenth time, warned politicians against actions and utterances that could be inimical to a free, fair and credible election.

Specifically, the IGP warns that the full weight of the law will be meted out to anyone, no matter their status in society, who engages in any electoral fraud such as political violence, vote buying, ballot box snatching, hate speeches and all other unwholesome practices capable of undermining the peace and stability of the electoral process. Similarly, the IGP has charged all Police Officers and other law enforcement agents deployed for the election to act in accordance with the Electoral Act and other extant laws guiding their overall conduct before, during and after the elections.

He warns that Police Officers and officers of other law enforcement agencies found acting contrary to their oaths of office or in aid of illicit electoral practices will be strictly and personally held liable with dire legal consequences.

Meanwhile, the IGP has reassured the people of Ondo State that adequate security measures have been emplaced to ensure their safety throughout the period of the gubernatorial election and beyond.

He reiterates that there have been adequate deployments in terms of manpower, marine and aerial surveillance and other assets of the force to ensure effective security coverage. 

He therefore enjoins all eligible voters to come out en mass to freely and peacefully exercise their franchise in line with their civic obligation, without any fear of intimidation on the day of the election,” Mba said.

  Also, President Muhammadu Buhari has declared that all necessary measures have been put in place to ensure that the October 10 gubernatorial election in Ondo state is peaceful, transparent and credible.

  Speaking in a video message to party supporters at the Grand Finale of All Progressives Congress (APC) campaign for the Ondo governorship election, the President urged the electorate to turn out en masse to vote on Saturday, without fear of molestation.

  He also assured the electorate in Ondo State of the provision of adequate security to forestall any breach of peace by unscrupulous elements, expressing confidence that party supporters will vote in accordance with the laws guiding the electoral process.

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