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Police reads riot act as Ondo bye election holds today

By Dayo Johnson

Akure-AS bye election holds today in Akure North Constituency of Ondo state, the Police authorities in the state yesterday read riot act to all the political parties and politicians to play the game according to the rules or face the wrath of the law.

The Police Commissioner Donald Iroham at a meeting with political parties ahead of today’s election said that hard times await persons who engage in any electoral disturbances in the state.

A similar meeting was held on Thursday with leaders of the political parties by the Director of the State Security Service SSS.

The INEC had fixed the bye election for the House of Assembly seat that became vacant two years ago after the death of the PDP candidate Akin Alasoadura for today.

Akure north regarded as on of the flash points in the state is to host three major political parties including the Peoples Democratic Party PDP, Labour Party LP and the Action Congress AC.

The PDP led government would today test its strength with the ruling Labour Party after the Court of Appeal verdict which ousted the former governor Dr Olusegun Agagu about seven months ago.

Iroham however described as rumor speculations that politicians have started stockpiling arms and ammunition ahead of today’s bye election in the area.

The Commissioner said however that the warning became imperative following the allegation of stockpiling arms and other dangerous weapons by politicians.

The police according to him is battle ready to ensure that the bye-election was peaceful and successful.

“The command wants the bye-election to be peaceful, we don’t want people that do not have any business with the election to flout electoral law, and we will not allow any fraudulent act during the election.

“We want a situation whereby after the election, politicians should be able to shake hands and congratulate whoever wins at the end of the day”.


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