Borno APC Chairman calls for violence free elections as Police restricts vehicular movement

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BY INUSA NDAHI, MAIDUGURI

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The Chairman of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC) in Borno State, Honourable Ali Bukar Dalori has called on the people of the state, particularly his teaming supporters to come out enmasse and vote President Muhammadu Buhari, all other Senatorial and and House of Representative Candidates on the party’s platform devoid of any electoral violence.

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He said, Borno which has experienced series of violence by insurgents, and now enjoying relative peace, is what need to be sustained ensure peaceful, free and fair elections across the 27 Local Government Areas of the state.

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This is even as the Police Command in the state has said in line with the curfew imposed by the state government,
there will be restriction of vehicular movement from 10.30pm on the eve of
the Election till 6.00pm on the Election Day.

Addressing Journalists on the preparation for the conduct of the polls, the APC Chairman said, his teaming supporters and by extension, the good people of the state are fully prepared and ready to cast their votes in an atmosphere of peaceful, free and fair exercise.

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He called on the electorates to adhere to laid down rules and regulations as enshrined in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) templates and the security agencies.

He advised that in as much as there is no going to restriction of vehicular movement throughout the period of the exercise, teaming supporters of the APC should cast their votes and protect it.

Meanwhile, the Commissioner of Police Borno State Command, CP Damian
Chukwu in a press statement on Friday assured members of the public of the preparedness of the
Command and other Security Agencies to provide security and hence, a
peaceful environment for all law abiding citizens to exercise their franchise
without fear, intimidation or violence.

To this end (and in line with the curfew imposed by the state government)
there will be restriction of vehicular movement from 10.30pm on the eve of
the Election till 6.00pm on the Election Day.

The statement added that:”For the avoidance of doubt, the movement restriction will affect all motor vehicles, tricycles, motorcycles, bicycles, transport animals etc.

“It will however exclude those on essential duties who, as a matter of necessity must display their valid Identity cards.

“Eligible voters (with valid PVCs) are therefore advised to proceed in a
peaceful manner to their various polling units and to also conduct themselves
in an orderly manner throughout the period of the exercise.

“Borno State Police Command wishes to use this medium to warn trouble
makers in whatever form or guise to stay away from the Polling Units,
Collation Centres, INEC Offices and other places of public interest as the Police and other security forces will decisively deal with deviants or any other person
caught fomenting trouble or breaking the electoral and other laws of the land.

“The Commissioner of Police further wishes to inform the general public that
the Command, in collaboration with other security agencies have set up a
Joint Operations Centre where complaints arising from the conduct of the elections would be treated with dispatch.

“The Centre could be reached on the
following contacts 08068969292, 08035924493, 08038791313,
08024762021, 08173015010, and 08098134694.

“Complaints may also be directed to the Command’s Control Room and
PCRRU nos – 09053872280, 09053872240 and 08068075581.

“While appealing for the continued support and cooperation of all
stakeholders and other members of the public towards the conduct of free,
fair, credible and violence-free elections, the Command wishes the Borno
state electorate a generally peaceful conduct of the exercise.”

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