Nigeria2015: Ogun police warns political parties to comply with Electoral Act

The Commissioner of Police in Ogun State addressed the party leaders.

The Ogun State Police Command on Tuesday met with the leaders of some political parties in the state and reminded them about the embargo on political campaigns and the need to comply with the provisions of the electoral act.

The Commissioner of Police, Ikemefuna Okoye, addressed the party leaders at the Eleweran Police Headquarters in Abeokuta ahead of the 2015 general elections.

The meeting had in attendance representatives of three political parties: the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, in the state; the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP; and Citizens Popular Party, CPP.

“Let remind ourselves that there is still a ban on campaigns and other electioneering processes by the Independent National Electoral Commissions enshrined in the Electoral Act (2010) laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as ammended). And all rules and /or orders in the Act must be respected and protected by all stakeholders including the police and other relevant security agencies, ” Mr. Okoye said.

He asked parties to give the police ample notice before convening political events so that the police could provide security details and prevent hoodlums from hijacking such events.

Mr. Okoye said the police will be on standby to checkmate negative political happenings in line with the provision of all statutory laws and legislation of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“I appeal to you to always relate with the police, particularly those in your locality and the state headquarters since the police is for everybody and must perform its statutory functions as enshrined in the Nigerian Constitution,” Mr. Okoye said.

The Secretary of the state chapter of the PDP, Semiu Sodipo, in his remark, urged the state police command to be fair to all the political parties in the state. Some of the representatives of the political parties that spoke at the meeting commended the police for maintaining law and order in the state.

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