- APC has called Nigerians to shun violence before, during and after the polls
- INEC is conducting presidential and National Assembly elections on Saturday, February 23
- Ali Bukar Dalori, the chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno state, who made the call, said there sis need for peaceful, free and fair elections in Nigeria
The chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno state, Ali Bukar Dalori, has called on the people of the state, particularly his teaming supporters to come out enmasse and vote President Muhammadu Buhari, all other senatorial and and House of Representative candidates on the party's platform on Saturday, February 23.
Legit.ng regional reporter in Borno, Ndahi Marama, reports that Dalori said the state which has experienced series of violence by insurgents and now enjoys relative peace is what needs to be sustained to ensure peaceful, free and fair elections across the 27 local government areas of the state.
In the related development, the state police command has said in line with the curfew imposed by the state government, there would be restriction of vehicular movement from 10.30pm on the eve of the election till 6.00pm on the election day.
Addressing journalists on the preparation for the conduct of the polls, the APC chairman said, his teaming supporters and by extension, the good people of the state are fully prepared and ready to cast their votes in an atmosphere of peaceful, free and fair exercise.
He called on the electorate to adhere to laid down rules and regulations as enshrined in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) templates and the security agencies.
He advised that in as much as there is no going to be restriction of vehicular movement throughout the period of the exercise, teaming supporters of the APC should cast their votes and protect it.
The commissioner of police in the state, CP Damian Chukwu, in a press statement on Friday, February 22, assured members of the public of the preparedness of the command and other security agencies to provide security and a peaceful environment for all law abiding citizens to exercise their franchise without fear, intimidation or violence.
He said: ''To this end and in line with the curfew imposed by the state government, there will be restriction of vehicular movement from 10.30pm on the eve of the election till 6.00pm on the election day.
"For the avoidance of doubt, the restriction of movement will affect all motor vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles, bicycles, transport animals etc.
"It will however exclude those on essential duties who, as a matter of necessity must display their valid Identity cards.
"Eligible voters (with valid PVCs) are therefore advised to proceed in a peaceful manner to their various polling units and to also conduct themselves in an orderly manner throughout the period of the exercise.
"Borno state police command wishes to use this medium to warn trouble makers in whatever form or guise to stay away from the polling units, collation centres, INEC offices and other places of public interest as the police and other security forces will decisively deal with deviants or any other person caught fomenting trouble or breaking the electoral and other laws of the land.
"The commissioner of police further wishes to inform the general public that the command, in collaboration with other security agencies have set up a joint operations centre where complaints arising from the conduct of the elections would be treated with dispatch.
"The centre could be reached on the following contacts 08068969292, 08035924493, 08038791313, 08024762021, 08173015010, and 08098134694.
"Complaints may also be directed to the Command's Control Room and PCRRU nos – 09053872280, 09053872240 and 08068075581.
"While appealing for the continued support and cooperation of all stakeholders and other members of the public towards the conduct of free, fair, credible and violence-free elections, the Command wishes the Borno state electorate a generally peaceful conduct of the exercise'', he statement said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that the commissioner in charge of the Lagos police command, Zubair Muazu, pleaded with residents of the state who are eligible to vote to come out en masse and perform their responsibility in peace and harmony.
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