Security chiefs in Ekiti has calmed the fears of voters in the state by saying that the federal government has no special interest in the July 14 governorship election, adding that politicians and stakeholders should stay clear from sponsoring any form of violence throughout the period of the polls
Top security personnel in Ekiti on Friday, April 12 calmed the fears of stakeholders in view of the July 14 governorship election in the state. The security chiefs said the federal government has no special interest in the election.
They refuted viral claims of the presidency deploying special federal might or impose anybody on the state, Daily Trust reports.
The security heads in a meeting with stakeholders on Thursday, April 12, in Ado Ekiti warned leaders of political parties against funding violence throughout the election period.
Those in attendance of the meeting were commissioner of police, Abdullahi Chafe, the Director of State Services(DSS), Promise Ihenacho, the commandant of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps(NSCDC), Donatus Ikemefuna, the Sector Commander of the Federal Road Safety Corps(FRSC), Ismail Kugu, among others.
In his address, the commissioner of Police in the state, Abdullahi Chafe, said: “Based on the fear raised about federal or state might, I want to assure you that the FG has no special interest in Ekiti election.
"The only interest it has been that to ensure the security of lives and property and to also ensure that the votes of the electorate count.
Chafe said intelligence information revealed that some politicians were secretly training youth to perpetrate electoral heist, warning that such would not be tolerated in the state.
Chafe said: “We have realized that the FG can’t interfere with Ekiti election and that was why we have been giving all political parties the free hands to operate. Our neutrality accounted for the relative peace being enjoyed in Ekiti today, we are not partisan and we will never be.
“We are well prepared in terms of logistics and personnel. We will ensure orderliness during the primaries in all parties, campaigns, and on the day of election."
Earlier, NAIJ.com reported that Laure Beaufils, the British deputy high commissioner to Nigeria, on Tuesday, April 10, cautioned politicians in Ekiti state to eschew violence and malpractices in order to ensure a peaceful election come July 14.
NAIJ.com gathered that Beaufils, who was the guest of a private radio station, Voice 89.9 FM in Ado-Ekiti, said the British Government expected open and transparent primaries which would lead to a credible election.
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