Rivers State Police Restates Readiness for Gubernatorial, State Assembly Polls
Nnenna Okoronkwo, Port Harcourt
The Rivers State Police Command has restated its readiness to curtail any security issues arising from the March 18th Gubernatorial and State House of Assembly elections.
The Assistant Inspector-General of Police in charge of Rivers State Elections, Kayode Egbetokun stated that the Force has used the period between the last election and now to prepare and is looking forward to a better election this Saturday.
Egbetokun affirmed that the command has massively deployed officials and disruption of the electoral process would not be tolerated.
“By this Saturday, we’ll be having our gubernatorial and house of assembly elections in this state. I want to assure you that the synergy that is existing between the police and other sister agencies in this state will be taken advantage of in this election,” he said.
“We are not going to take anything for granted. All persons who are criminally minded and who may want to come out and disrupt this election are hereby warned to have a change of mind,” Egbetokun said.
Egbetokun who added that restriction of Movement would be strictly enforced, urged citizens to come out and vote as the Police would provide adequate security during and after the election.
Voice of Nigeria reports that 18 political parties would be fielding candidates for the Rivers State gubernatorial election. The candidates are Tonye Cole of the APC, Sim Fubara of the PDP, Magnus Abe of the Social Democratic Party (SDP), Sobomabo Jackrich of the National Rescue Movement (NRM) and Beatrice Itubo of the Labour Party (LP).
Others are Dumo Lulu-Briggs of Accord Party, Gborogbosi Leesi of the Action Peoples Party (APP), Ibraye Tonte of African Democratic Congress (ADC), Somiari Victor of Action Alliance (AA) and Faye-Ofori Churchill of Allied Peoples Movement (APM).
Dr. Joseph Obele of African Action Congress (AAC), Sam Agwor of the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), Sophia Cookey of Zenith Labour Party (ZLP), Victor Fingesi of African Democratic Party (ADP) and Danagogo Wenike-Briggs of Young Progressives Party (YPP).