INEC Chairman, Mahooud Yakubu [Left] Nigerian Inspector-General Of Police, Idris,

BASED ON EFFORTS being put in place, Nigerian Police Chiefs, Ibrahim Idris and INEC Chairman, Mahooud Yakubu have given assurance to Nigerians that Osun Governorship election, scheduled for September 22, will turn out credible.  The assurance was given while the IGP and INEC Chairman addressed “Election Stakeholders Forum” on Osun election, Monday, in Oshogbo.

Yakubu said: “Our ultimate objective is to ensure that the choice of who becomes the next governor of Osun is entirely in the hands of the voters.  Votes will count and only the choice made by the people of Osun and nothing else would determine the outcome of the election”.

Yakubu assured that personnel and election materials would arrive polling units promptly, smart card readers function optimally; counting of ballots, collation and declaration of results would be prompt, open, and transparent. He said the commission had overcome past challenges associated with elections malpractices in the country. The process of election could no longer be corrupted.

INEC Chairman, Mahmood Yakubo.

Those who plan to subvert the process that now make the electorate their target through vote-buying, may not find it easy.  He said the commission had reviewed the administration of polling unit to make it difficult for voters to expose marked ballot papers to intending vote buyers.

Yakubu said people would not be banned from taking cell phones to the polling units so as to enable them take pictures and report malpractices to INEC, but from the point of accreditation and voting, the electorate would not be allowed to be with cell phones.

Nigerian Inspector-General of Police, IGP, Idris on his part assured of adequate security before, during and after the election.  He said regular forums organized by INEC ahead of elections had always helped the police in strategizing and providing formidable security.

Idris said “Arrangements have been concluded to deploy over 18,426 police personnel, including conventional and PMF units, Intelligence and technical teams to provide security.  This number excludes the support services to be provided by other security personnel from the Armed Forces, the Immigration Service, the Prisons, the Custom and the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps to complement the efforts of the police”.

He added: “Our brother politicians and their supporters are advised to desist from actions that may precipitate violence before, during and after the election.   The police officers deployed for this election have been lectured and educated on electoral conducts, behaviours, laws and offences, and are therefore expected to conduct themselves in a highly ethical manner”.

Idris said the police and complements of security agents would ensure needed security is provide for Osun election; and Nigerian Government has provided funds for payment of officers’ allowances.