Police seek peaceful conduct of Osun poll

Yinka Salaam, Osogbo

Election in Nigeria

Security agencies have implored political parties to educate their members on peaceful conduct of elections, ahead of the Osun West Senetorial District by-election.

The July 8 poll is to replace late Senator Isiaka Adeleke who died in April 22, 2017.

The Commissioner of Police, Olafimihan Adeoye gave this appeal during an interactive forum with stakeholders in Osogbo, the state capital.

Best approach for peace
“The best approach to ensure peace is to secure the cooperation of all stakeholders… I urged politicians and political parties to key into the vision of the security agencies,’’
Mr Adeoye said.

The police boss promised to deploy all needed apparatus to ensure peaceful processes of the election, expressing “the police commitment to making the election a huge success.’’

He enjoined all those who were involved in the election process to be conversant with the rule of the game, even as he warned that the full weight of the law would be applied on any defiant behaviour.

Also speaking, the Director, Department of State Security, Mr Maɗuagwuna Ifeanyi told politicians to play by the rules and be mindful of their actions and utterances.

Mr Ifeanyi said the “election should not be a do or die affair.’’

He thereby asked political parties to submit the details of their campaign programmes to the security agencies as this would help to forestall clashes.

Mercy Chukwudiebere