By Richard Thomas, Ibadan
An appeal has gone to politicians and party stakeholders in Oyo State to be peaceful and conduct themselves in good manners as the 2019 begins on Saturday.
The appeal was made by the Deputy Inspector-General of Police, DIG Yakubu Jubrin in charge of Training and Development during a stakeholders meeting between the Police and politicians in the state at the Police Headquarters, Eleyele in Ibadan.
He said during elections, there is always winners and losers, hence reason they should be peaceful and conduct themselves in good manners.
He urged the politicians to talk to their followers to allow peace reign during the elections, adding that anybody caught buying or selling votes would be decisively dealt with.
“We will keep our eagle eyes watching activities as they unfold at the elections, there should be no vote buying or selling. Everybody should come out to vote freely. There is an approved distance of 300 metres from the polling unit where the people can stand after casting their votes.
Speaking at the programme, AIG Leye Oyebade said they have a workforce that would deliver at the exercise, just as he appealed to politicians to make peace.
While calling on the electorate to come out to cast their vote, AIG Oyebade solicited the cooperation of stakeholders to ensure that Peace reigns during the elections. “Let’s warn all our youths to be up and doing, we are going to be professional in the course of our duty, he added.
Also speaking at the meeting, the state Resident Electoral Commissioner, Barristers Mutiu Agboke assured them that their votes would count, adding that INEC is doing everything possible to make the election successful.
“Do not attack or destroy our sensitive materials, INEC has prepared sensitive materials up to 95 percent and we want you to support us by calling us and the police where there is trouble.”
Some of the politicians and stakeholders at the programme had robust deliberations with the police authorities at the meeting.