Anambra guber: Police to deploy 6 helicopters

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•Say no one has proper to declare sit-at-home

•Only votes of Anambra individuals ‘ll determine the next Gov —INEC

FG’s ‘Tradermoni’ is vote shopping for, says TMG

By Omeiza Ajayi

The Nigeria Police Force has declared its readiness for the November 6 Governorship election in Anambra state, dismissing fears of a potential declaration of a sit-at-home by separatists.

It introduced its plan to deploy six helicopters within the state to offer aerial patrol, surveillance and help for floor forces throughout the polls.

Inspector General of Police, IGP Usman Baba Alkali disclosed this yesterday in Abuja at a one-day discussion board on Inclusive Elections in Anambra State organised by the Press Corps of the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC.

Represented by a Chief Superintendent of Police CSP, Muyiwa Adejobi, the police boss stated nobody or group has the ability to declare a sit-at-home in any a part of the nation.

He stated: “I am sure you know that no individual has the right to declare a curfew or sit at home in any part of this country. Nigeria is a sovereignty. It is a nation and we know such swill not be tolerated anywhere and in any part of this country. So, we are not aware of any sit at home order from anybody. We know we are working with INEC to make sure we have Anambra Guber election come November 6. That is our stand.

“Before any operation, there is a Standard Operating Procedure which we use to design an operation order and that has been done. It has taken care of all possible threats. We have made efforts to deploy both human and material resources to support INEC, to make sure we have a free, fair, credible and acceptable election in Anambra.

“As I speak with you, the IGP is working on repairs of some of our helicopters so that we can have more aerial patrol, surveillance and support. I think about six helicopters are now under repairs as directed by the IGP so that we can fortify our teams and apart from Anambra election, so that we can still deploy them in some of our conflict theatres. So, we are very prepared”.

Votes ‘ll count

INEC Chairman, Prof. Mahmood Yakubu who was represented by a National Commissioner and Chairman of the commission’s Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye urged politicians to chorus  from casting aspersions on the fee, saying propaganda doesn’t work in elections.

Vowing that solely the votes of Anambra individuals will decide who would be the subsequent governor of the state, Okoye additionally defined how INEC shops its nonsensitive election supplies.

Okoye stated; “Only the votes of Anambra people will count. It will determine who wins the election. Propaganda won’t do it.

“On the issue of where we store our electoral materials, this commission and previous commissions have always had what we call zonal stores in different parts of the country where we store nonsensitive materials. After the elections, we embark on what we call reverse logistics. We return those materials to the stores.

“These materials are not provided off the shelf. There is also a procurement process. So, when the contractors supply these materials, we put them in the zonal  stores. There is a zonal store in each geopolitical zone.

“Our offices in Anambra were burnt and as of then we had deployed over 50 percent of nonsensitive materials in Anambra State. But we have fixed some of the damaged facilities and in the coming days, we shall move materials from our various zonal stores to Anambra where we will batch them and deploy to the local governments”.

On the safety state of affairs within the state, Okoye expressed confidence within the potential of all stakeholders to make sure a hitch free train with a view to avert any potential constitutional disaster.

“Section 178 of the Constitution has circumscribed the period for the conduct of governorship electons and this period is cast in stone and immovable. We must do all that is constitutionally and legally possible to avoid the constitutional challenge that may likely ensue in the state if the Commission is unable to conduct elections on account of security challenges. On our part, we are determined to conduct a good election in Anambra and in other parts of Nigeria. We shall not compromise on the conduct of a good election in any part of Nigeria”, he said.

Okoye nonetheless added that “the commission does not envisage constitutional crisis in Anambra because we are ready for the elections and we believe that security agencies are ready and the voters are ready too”.

He additionally appealed to stakeholders to make sure the safety of corps members who could be deployed as advert hoc workers for the polls, saying no quantity of insurance coverage cowl can compensate for the lack of any life.

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“We therefore appeal to all the critical stakeholders to rally  round the Commission and give their maximum cooperation towards this goal. The Commission needs a safe and secure environment for efficient and professional deployment of staff and materials. We must realize that young  men and women doing their National Youth Service form the bulk of our Presiding Officers. Some of them are the only sons and daughters of their parents.

“Some of them graduated from school through determined perseverance in the face of hardship. Some of them are the products of community efforts while some of them did menial jobs to graduate. We therefore have a responsibility to protect them in the performance of this national assignment. No form of insurance can cover for the loss of one’s life and the Commission will on no account compromise on the safety and welfare of these individuals and all other staff that will be deployed for the election”, he said.

Chief Press Secretary to the INEC Chairman, Mr Rotimi Oyekanmi decried the rise on faux information, misinformation and disinformation, urging the media to rise to the problem of correcting the anomaly.

Programme Manager of  Inclusive Friends Association, Moses Oluwaseyi on his half declared that inclusiveness in elections isn’t a privilege however a proper accessible for weak teams.

“There are drivers that make elections inclusive and the first is adequate security. It is not enough that I have my PVC and ready to vote but if there is no guarantee of security, then I cannot go out and vote”, he said.

Chairman, Transition Monitoring Group TMG, Auwal Musa Rafsanjani deplored the preponderance of cash politics in Nigeria, stating that one of many Federal Government’s programmes, “Tradermoni” via which it disbursed cash to merchants is a type of vote shopping for.

“Tradermoni is tantamount to vote buying. The government did it in the lead up to the election. So, why are they no longer doing it? If you have to give money to Nigerians, let it be that you are doing that because they deserve it and not doing it to buy votes.

“This time around, we shall mobilize Nigerians against electoral violence and vote buying”, he added.

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