Residents of the capital, Abuja, have been assured of a peaceful conduct of the area councils election on Saturday.
Federal Capital Territory Minister, Mohammed Musa Bello gave the assurance during a special stakeholder meeting on the April 9 FCT area councils polls in Abuja.
The Minister noted that government would do everything within its powers to ensure that peace continues to reign in the Territory after the election.
He also assured the residents of the FCT that security agents had been fully mobilized to ensure peaceful conduct, urging residents to obey the law and move about without fear of intimidation.
“Let me reiterate our resolve to ensure a peaceful conduct of the exercise as all security agencies have been directed to deal decisively with all troublemakers who might want to disrupt the process”, Malam Bello noted.
The Minister further explained that in every contest, there must be a winner and a
loser, therefore, urging the residents, particularly the aspirants, to be good sportsmen by being good winners and good losers.
“Election is not a do or die affair but rather an opportunity to elect leaders of your choice who will deliver dividends of democracy”, the minister explained
The Minister also delivered a message from President Muhammadu Buhari who is the Governor General of the FCT, urging all FCT residents to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner.
The FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye said that the forum was designed to foster peace and understanding to ensure that the elections were held without rancour or violence.
Dr. Ajakaiye reiterated that the change mantra of the present Administration demands of Nigerians, a clean break from violence, which is a product of political desperation.
“You have all been invited here today to rub minds together in order to ensure that the elections are conducted successfully in an atmosphere of peace and order.
We owe posterity an obligation to entrench and bequeath peace and fair play as permanent features of electioneering processes in this Territory, and indeed in our country,” Dr. Ajakaiye stated.
Speaking on behalf of the security agents at the Stakeholders meeting, the FCT Police Commissioner in charge of Election Security, Mr. Folunsho Adebanjo,warned political gladiators in Abuja to advise their supporters to shun violence as the security agents would not condone any act of political violence during the polls.
Dignitaries at the Stakeholders meeting included Minister of Defence, Brigadier-General Mansur Dan-Ali; the senator representing the FCT, Philip Tanimu Aduda as well as Senator Isa Hamman Missau, Senate Committee Chairman on Navy.
Others are the FCT Council of Chiefs and Ona of Abaji, religious leaders and the representative of the civil societies among others.