Ondo state election to hold as scheduled

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

Ondo State governorship election slated for Saturday November 26, will hold as scheduled, contrary to fears of likely postponement being entertained in some quarters.

The Chairman of Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Professor Mahmood Yakubu gave this assurance at the Interactive Session with Stakeholders in Akure on Tuesday.

The stakeholders included politicians, party leaders, security personnel, civil societies, election observers and journalists.

Professor Yakubu said there was no reason whatsoever to warrant the invocation of Section 26 of the electoral laws on postponement.

“Only death of contestants or violence could lead to postponement and none of such is on ground. So INEC is fully set and battle ready for the election,” he said.

He however warned that the sponsors as well as those who ferment troubles would not only be apprehended but be prosecuted.

The Inspector General of Police, Ibrahim Idris assured of adequate security with over 26,000 police officers, in addition to members of Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps, the Army, Navy and Air Force personnel.

“At least five police officers, in addition to other security personnel and observers, will be attached to every Polling Unit, We have deployed 20 gun boats to augment the effort of the Navy, three helicopters will cover each Senatorial District, and each of the Districts will be manned by a Commissioner of Police.

“Other deployments include 26 Mobile Force Units, 10 cells of Counterforce unit, 300 Hilux Jeeps, 12 additional Armoured Personnel Carriers, 12 Armoured Hiluxes, with special dogs and assorted horses to protect materials and Collation Centers,” the Police boss explained.

The Inspector General of Police who warned against inducement of voters at the polling units sought the support and cooperation of voters and politicians so that the efforts of both the INEC and the security forces shall not be in vain.

At the interactive forum, leaders of political parties renewed their commitment to peaceful conduct of Saturday’s election, just as they applauded the simultaneous accreditation and voting system.

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