- INEC, FCT Minister: We’re ready
Ahead of tomorrow’s Federal Capital Territory Area Council Elections, the Nigerian Police Force have directed that there should be no vehicular movement from 7am to 4pm.
The FCT Commissioner of Police, CP Wilson Inalegwu who gave the directive yesterday in Abuja said it is part of the security measures adopted by the Command to ensure safety and security during the elections.
In a statement issued by the FCT Police command spokesman, ASP Anjuguri Manzah, the CP said the restriction excludes vehicles on essential duty such as Fire Service, Ambulances and vehicles used by Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and law enforcement/security agencies.
ASP Manzah however assured FCT residents that the Command has strategically deployed its personnel, who have been properly briefed on their roles as stipulated in the Electoral Act, and logistics to achieve conducive election atmosphere.
“Residents are therefore enjoined to be vigilant and cooperate with the Police other security agencies by reporting suspicious movements and activities.
In a related development, the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC, has deployed 10,000 ad-hoc to complement the efforts of the staffs of the Commission put on ground for the conduct of the polls.
According to the National Commissioner in Charge of North Central Zone, Professor Anthonia Simbine, during a meeting with the political parties, she urged all the political parties to moderate their political behaviours before, during and after the elections.
Speaking further on the readiness of the Commission on the conduct of the polls, Professor Simbine disclosed that: “we have recruited close to 10,000 ad-hoc staff from our reliable collaborators, the NYSC and surrounding institutions of learning, and we have to the best of our ability provided the needed logistic support both human and material including the support of the security agencies”.
On the issue card readers malfunctions, she assured all that efforts have been made to ensure that staff handling the machine know the technical know-how of the operations of the machine, and the deployment of the alternative in exceptional cases.
She pointed out that both local and international Observers are on the lookout for the quality of both the process, and the outcome of the elections.
We are ready for peaceful polls – FCT Minister
Minister of Federal Capital Territory, FCT, Malam Mohammad Bello has assured residents that his administration has put all mechanism to ensure a peaceful conduct of the April 9th Area Councils’ election in the Federal Capital Territory.
Bello gave this assurance yesterday during a special stakeholders’ meeting on the forthcoming FCT Area Councils’ election held at Sheraton Hotel & Towers, Abuja.
The Minister emphasized that government would do everything within its powers to ensure that peace continues to reign in the Territory as the residents go to the polls to elect those to deliver dividends of democracy to the people.
Mallam Bello remarked that the security agencies have been directed to deal decisively with all troublemakers who might want to disrupt the process.
According to him, “let me reiterate our resolve to ensure a peaceful conduct of the exercise as all security agencies have been directed to deal decisively with troublemakers who might want to disrupt the process”.
The Minister further assured that the security agencies have been fully mobilized to ensure peaceful conduct and therefore enjoined residents to obey the law and move about without fear of intimidation.
Mallam Bello said that in every contest, there must be a winner and a loser and thus, admonished the residents particularly the aspirants to be good sportsmen by being good winners and good losers.
He reminded the residents that election is not a do or die affair but rather an opportunity to elect leaders of their choice who will deliver dividends of democracy.
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 before, during and after the election.
In his welcome address, the FCT Permanent Secretary, Dr. Babatope Ajakaiye said that the forum was designed to foster peace and
understanding to ensure that the elections are held without rancour or violence.
Dr. Ajakaiye reiterated that the change mantra of the present Administration demands of Nigerians a clean break from the culture of violence, which is a product of political desperation and inordinate ambitions.
The Permanent Secretary noted that this desperation has always characterised and undermined the success of elections in some parts of the country.
He said, “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 stressed.
Also, the Police Commissioner in charge of
Election Security, Mr. Folunsho Adebanjo who spoke on behalf of the security agencies, warned all political gladiators in the Federal Capital Territory to advise their supporters to shun violence as the security agents will not condone any act of political violence.