Ondo Decides: IGP warns politicians against electoral fraud

By Oluwaseun Sonde

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With three days to the Ondo Gubernatorial Election, slated to hold on Saturday, 10th October 2020, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Muhammad Adamu has warned politicians that the full weight of the law will be meted out to anyone, no matter their status in society, who engages in any electoral fraud.

In a statement released by the Force Public Relation Officer, DCP Frank Mba on Wednesday, the IGP also warned against actions and utterances that could be inimical to a free, fair and credible election such as political violence, vote buying, ballot box snatching, hate speeches and all other unwholesome practices capable of undermining the peace and stability of the electoral process.

IGP Adamu charged all Police Officers and other law enforcement agents deployed for the election to act in accordance with the Electoral Act and other extant laws guiding their overall conduct before, during and after the elections.

He warned that Police Officers and officers of other law enforcement agencies found acting contrary to their oaths of office or in aid of illicit electoral practices will be strictly and personally held liable with dire legal consequences.

Meanwhile, the IGP also reassured the people of Ondo State that adequate security measures have been placed to ensure their safety throughout the period of the gubernatorial election and beyond.

He reiterated that there have been adequate deployments in terms of manpower, marine and aerial surveillance and other assets of the force to ensure effective security coverage.

He therefore enjoined all eligible voters to come out en mass to freely and peacefully exercise their franchise in line with their civic obligation, without any fear of intimidation on the day of the election.

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