Group urges Buhari, police to protect INEC facilities in Akwa Ibom

Group urges Buhari, police to protect INEC facilities in Akwa Ibom

- A group, known as the Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) alleges that some persons who are not satisfied with the outcome of the last Saturday, February 23 elections could attack INEC facilities

- The leader of the group, Prince Emmanuel Sam, says it is worrisome that the commissioner of police in Akwa Ibom state could tell INEC that the force cannot guarantee security for the commission

A group, known as the Akwa Ibom Liberation Movement (AILM) has called on President Muhammadu Buhari and security agencies to ensure that no harm is done to INEC facilities in the state to prevent the postponement of the forthcoming governorship elections.

The leader of the group, Prince Emmanuel Sam, in a statement said INEC officials and facilities could attacked in the state by supporters of politicians who are not satisfied with the outcome of the Saturday February 23 elections.

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The group said it was worrisome that the commissioner of police in Akwa Ibom state could tell INEC that the force cannot guarantee security for the announcement of senatorial district results in Ikot Ekpene.

This threat portends clear danger to INEC staff and electorate who must go out to exercise their civic responsibility on March 9, 2019. Accordingly, we pray that you impress upon the rank and file of the large contingent of Police, Army, DSS and Civil Defence Corps deployed to the state for the purpose of this election, to eschew partisanship and focus on their constitutional obligation of ensuring peace during and after the elections," AILM stated.

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Your Excellency, the international community is watching all the happenings across the country in this critical point in our nationhood. The United States of America through its Embassy has even threatened stiff sanctions against state actors that instigate violence during the election.

The leader if the group urged the president to direct the police and other securities agencies to work and forestall the breakdown of law and order during the March 9 elections in Akwa Ibom state.

Meanwhile, the Delta state chapter of the All Progressives Congress (APC) has alleged that there was massive rigging in the just concluded presidential and National Assembly elections which was held in the state on Saturday, February 23.

The party is asking the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to cancel the election due to the alleged rigging.

In a statement signed and made available to newsmen by the director general, Delta state APC campaign council/Great Ogboru campaign organisation, Hon. Timinimi George, the party called for INEC to cancel results from all the troubled local government areas in the state.

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