- Vehicular movements in Edo state have been restricted due to the governorship election scheduled to be held in the state
- The restriction was announced following the orders of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu
- The police urged Edo citizens to come out and vote on election day, assuring them of adequate protection
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Vehicular movements in Edo state have been restricted due to the governorship election scheduled to be held in the state on Saturday, September 19.
Based on the orders of the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mohammed Adamu, the restriction would commence from 11.59 pm on Friday, September 18, to 6pm on Saturday, September 19.
According to the police, the restriction is to check the movement of political thugs. Photo credits: Nigeria police
According to a statement issued by the police spokesperson, Frank Mba via Twitter, on Thursday, September 17, the restriction order was enforced to check the movement of political thugs and other criminally-minded people from disrupting the electoral processes.
The police urged Edo citizens to come out and vote on election day, assuring them of adequate protection.
“While regretting any inconveniences the restriction order may cause the citizens, the IGP enjoins the citizens to see the restriction as part of necessary sacrifices towards the enthronement of democracy," the statement from the police read.
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Mba warned that the police would take action against people engaged in any criminal activities such as electoral malpractice, hate speeches, and others.
Meanwhile, President Muhammadu Buhari has urged security agents and election officials to conduct themselves responsibly during the Edo state governorship election.
The Nigerian president gave the advice on Thursday, September 17, in a statement issued through Garba Shehu, his senior special assistant on media and publicity.
Buhari also called on political parties and their candidates to comply with democratic standards during the election.
In other news, barely forty-eight hours before the conduct of the Edo governorship election, the governor of Rivers state, Nyesom Wike, has predicted the outcome of the poll.
The Cable reports that the governor said if the police were able to prevent political thugs from playing a role during the governorship election, the APC would be “beaten silly.”
Legit.ng gathered that while speaking during a live interview on African Independent Television (AIT) on Thursday, September 17, Wike said the only hope APC has on winning the election is to “manipulate the process.
Still on politics, as the Edo governorship election approaches, a chieftain of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Chief Sam Nkire, has predicted victory for his party.
The Sun reported that Nkire who is a member of the APC's national caucus, however, said the win will likely be narrow, adding, “a win is a win.”
He also said those who believed that Edo state was still a ‘PDP State’ were living in the past, adding that the last two governors of the state were APC members.
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