By Tunde Olanrewaju, Abeokuta
Commissioner of Police, Ogun State Command, Mr. Okoye Ikemefuma, on Tuesday read the Riot Act to politicians scheming to foment trouble in the state towards the 2015 elections as he warned that such individuals should desist from all acts of violence.
Speaking to representatives of political parties in the state at a stakeholders meeting in Abeokuta, Okoye admonished them to be guided by the provisions of the Electoral Act in all their conducts.
He, “Let us remind ourselves that there is still a ban on campaigns and other electioneering processes by the Independent National Electoral Commissions as enshrined in the Electoral Act (2010) laws of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended) 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.”
He said the state police command had already put security measures in place to monitor the activities of the political parties to ensure that they were in conformity with the electoral laws.
“Be guided that security machinery has been put in place to monitor all activities of political parties in the state. We will ensure that the needful is done to check any negative political occurrence and curb same in line with the provisions of all statutory laws relating to the general elections,” he said.
Those who spoke during the meeting commended the command for taking a bold step to ensure that the political climate remained peaceful. State secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Semiu Sodipo, expressed concern over the recent crisis that rocked the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the state. He urged the police boss to ensure that a possible re-occurrence is checked before it escalates into another serious challenge.
The state Interim Organising Secretary of the APC, Mr. Wole Adesiji, commended Okoye for the peace in the state and gave assurance that APC would remain law abiding.