Osun: 30 police commissioners to oversee polls – IGP


With less than three weeks to the conduct of the 22nd September, 2018 governorship polls in Osun State, the Inspector General of Police (IG), Mr Ibrahim Idris, has disclosed that 30 Commissioners of Police would be dispatched to the thirty local government areas of the state to oversee the conduct of the election.
The Inspector General of police said this yesterday at a one-day seminar, entitled “Imperativeness of Police Collaboration With Essential Stakeholders: Towards Secured, Free, Fair and Credible Elections in Nigeria” held in Osogbo.
The police boss however warned political thugs, perpetrators of electoral malpractices and those planning to cause mayhem during the exercise to keep off electoral polls to avoid the wrath of law. He added that each of the local governments in the state would be massively policed to ensure peaceful conduct of electorate while critical stakeholders in politics and policking would still meet to plan further on how peace could be ensured during the election.
“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 international observers from adjudging our elections as not credible He however assured that the police would distribute telephone numbers that residents can call in case of violence, just as he listed actions that would not be condoned by the Police to include “arming of political thugs and making hate speeches before, during and after the election.”
According to him, “Other unlawful conducts include but not limited to “canvassing/solicitation for votes, wearing of party insignia, dissuading voters from voting for candidates of 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”. Also speaking at the event, the United States Ambassador to Nigeria, Mr Stuart Synington, called for the collaboration of all and sundry to ensure the conduct of a credible, fair and peaceful poll.
|He appealed to stakeholders to embrace peace before, during and after the conduct of the exercise. On his part, the chairman of the seminar, who is also the Vice Chancellor of the Obafemi Awolowo University (OAU), Ile-Ife, Osun State, Professor Eyitope Ogunbodede, said elections are not expected to be a do-or-die affair, urging all to know that only one winner would emerge.
Traditional rulers, notable politicians and other dignitaries present at the occasion included the standard bearer of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Senator Iyiola Omisore; the governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ademola Adeleke; the gubernatorial candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Mr Gboyega Isiaka Oyetola; the flag bearer of the Restoration Party of Nigeria, Mrs Mercy Ayodele and the chairman of the SDP in Osun State, Dr Bayo Faforji.