Nigeria Police Force (NPF), INEC Reiterates Commitment to Credible Election in Upcoming Osun 2018 Election
Towards Osun 2018 Election – NPBS coupled with NPF Correspondence through our renowned writer Haruna Makus gives report
Ahead of September 22 governorship election in Osun state, the Nigeria Police and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), reiterated their commitment to conduct free, fair and credible election in the state.
The Police and the electoral umpire made this disclosure in a one day seminar organized by the Inspector-General of Police, IGP Ibrahim Idris in the state.
Speaking at the event, the Inspector-General of Police, Ibrahim Idris called for effective collaboration of all stake holders to ensure smooth success of the forth coming election in the state.
IGP Ibrahim Idris who noted the Police role of safe guarding the electoral process, warned politicians and their supporters to desist from violence and other acts capable of truncating the sanctity of the election which brings bad reputations to the nation.
While assuring of the Police readiness to provide adequate security during the polls, the IGP also cautioned media against circulating unverified news, hate speeches in the interest of the nation.
On his part, the INEC resident electoral commissioner in the state, Olusegun Agbaje, stressed the readiness of the electoral body to conduct credible election in the state, urging the owners of unclaimed PVCs in the state to collect their PVCs in other to participate in the exercise.
Mr Agbaje, who expressed the commission’s worriedness over issues of vote buying witnessed during the recent governorship election in Ekiti state, assured that necessary measures are being put in place to forestall vote buying in the Osun poll.
Also speaking at the event, the US Ambassador to Nigeria, Amb. Stuart Symington, urged Osun people to encourage peaceful, transparent and credible poll in the state as a step to sustainable democracy in Nigeria.
In a good will message at the event, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Adeyeye Enitan Ogunwusi, admonished politicians in the state to eschew violence and acts contrary to electoral provisions, stressing that power belongs to the people and is only God that can grant power to lead.
The seminar with a theme “Imperativeness of Police collaboration with essential stake holders: Towards secured, free and credible elections in Nigeria” had in attendance all governorship candidates in the state, parties members, civil society organisations among other stake holders.