The Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, Bashir Makama has warned that anyone caught indulging in acts of vote buying would be arrested by the Police.
He has cautioned politicians and the electorates, ahead of Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections to desist from buying, selling or canvassing for votes at poling units,
The CP handed down the warning on Tuesday at the Command’s headquarters Uyo, Akwa Ibom State during a meeting with stakeholders of political parties, heads of security agencies and the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.
Makama said the command had done everything possible to ensure free, fair and credible polls on Saturday adding that political party leaders must build on that by controlling their supporters to ensure that peace reign before during and after the elections.
“As a command we have done everything possible to ensure that peace reign. Politics should be without bitterness and rancour, it is not a do or die affairs.
“You must therefore behave yoursellves at polling units because we will not tolerate any irresponsible behavour. Any strategy you are adopting to win election, ensure that you adopt a transparent strategy. Canvassing for, buying or selling of votes is against electoral acts. Anybody seen doing this will be arrested”. He said
He also said wearing of political party insignia, blaring of siren and carrying phones within the polling units would not be tolerated.
“Don’t even come out with insignia, banners or anything that constitute a violation of the electoral act, you are advised because when you are caught I will arrest you. Anything that negates the electoral acts will not be condoned” Makama said.
Makama who assumed duties on Monday assured that the police and other security agencies were ready to provide a level playing ground to all political parties to ensure free, fair and credible polls in Saturday elections.
He said.’ Politics is charaterised by hooliganism, we will not tolerate this. The police are ready and my colleagues in other security agencies are ready to give a credible, free and fair election come Saturday. We will provide safety to the INEC staff, the elaborate and the politicians alike”.
The Resident Electoral Commissioner for Akwa Ibom State, Mr Mike Igini, in his remarks reiterated his Commission’s readiness to conduct free fair and credible polls come Saturday’s presidential and national Assembly elections.
He disclosed that the Commission in its bid to conduct free and fair election in the state relocated 22 poling units from privates of home of politicians in the state.
He blamed politicians for electoral violence in the state and called on them to play by the rules in Saturday’s presidential and national assembly elections.
The INEC Resident Electoral Commissioneri revealed that a total of 2,119,727 million voters registered while so far, a total of 1,922,127 PVCs have been collected.