Nigerian Police gives assurance of peaceful poll in Osun

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The Inspector general of Police has assured Nigerians of the determination of the agency to enhance peaceful conduct of September 22nd gubernatorial election in Osun State.

Ibrahim Idris said each of the local governments in the state would be massively policed to ensure the peaceful conduct of electorates.

Urgent intervention
Idris gave this assurance when speaking at a one-day seminar organised for stakeholders in the coming poll

The theme of the seminar was: “Imperativeness of Police Collaboration With Essential Stakeholders: Towards Secured, Free, Fair and Credible Election in Nigeria.”

The police boss said the force shall also distribute help lines that residents could call for urgent intervention or incidence of violence.

INEC and politicians parley
The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC) of the Independent National Electoral Commission, Mr. Segun Agbaje said political parties and their leaders agreed to work towards peace ahead of the coming poll.

The REC reiterated his commitment to transparency, neutrality and credibility at the election.

He thereafter called on the residents of Osun to collect their Permanent Voter Cards.

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Meanwhile, the Ooni of Ife, Oba Enitan Ogunwusi is urging the police boss to facilitate an assembly of presidential candidates of all political parties seeking to contest in the 2019 general election.

Impressed by the spirit of sportsmanship and friendly relationship that surrounded the atmosphere of the seminar, Oba Ogunwusi noted that similar gathering at the national level would guarantee the conduct of peaceful exercise.

“Bringing of aspirants from different political parties together at a forum like this will make them interact with one another and promote friendship among members of various political parties before the election.

“I commend the Inspector General of Police for bringing together, candidates of the 48 political parties who are contesting the September 22 governorship election in Osun. This is laudable as it will ensure peace in the state,” he said.

Services to the people
The Ooni remarked that since those seeking for the highest position in the state and at the national levels want to render services to the people, there should be no reason for the use of force to get to power at all cost.

The seminar, held under the chairmanship of the Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University, Ile-Ife, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede discussed ways to achieving peace before, during and after the poll.

In a separate remark, stakeholders including governorship candidates of varying political parties agreed to embrace peace before and after the election.

Deputies of the governorship candidates, party executive members as well as traditional rulers and electoral staff were also present at the seminar.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim