- As the Osun state gubernatorial election draws nearer, the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, has urged politicians in the state to be civil
- He said they should desist from conducts that will cause violence in the state
- The police IG also urged the media to investigate well before publishing their stories
Nigerian politicians have been urged by the inspector general of police, Ibrahim Idris, to desist from acts and utterances capable of inciting violence ahead of the governorship election in Osun state and the 2019 general elections.
Punch reports that the warning was issued by Idris in Osogbo on Thursday, August 30, during a one-day seminar with the theme ‘Imperativeness of police collaboration with essential stakeholders: Towards secured, free, fair and credible elections in Nigeria.’
NAIJ.com gathers that the police boss also called on the media to investigate well before publishing their stories.
He said: “Let me use this opportunity to advise politicians and their supporters to desist from certain conducts which will precipitate violence and actions that may lead to both local and intimation of all observers adjudging our elections as not credible.
“Such conduct include but not limited to arming of political thugs and making hate speeches before, during and after the elections which may likely precipitate violence.
“Canvassing/soliciting for votes, wearing of party insignias, dissuading voters from voting for candidates for their own choice, loitering, blaring of the siren on the day of the election.
“Disrespecting police officers and disobeying the restriction of movement orders on the day of elections as well as moving about by government officials with their security aides.”
Meanwhile, NAIJ.com previously reported that the national chairman of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Adams Oshiohmole, described the forthcoming Osun state governorship election as a walk-over for the party.
Oshiomhole told state House correspondents after a closed-door meeting with President Muhammadu Buhari at the presidential villa, Abuja, on Friday, that APC had no political challenges in Osun as the state governor, Rauf Aregbesola, was at home with the people.
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