BY UMAR YUSUF
YOLA- Ahead of the January 12, 2012, governorship election in Adamawa State, the State Security Service, SSS, has submitted names of politicians which it said were in its “Black Book” to their respective political parties for reprimand.
Although SSS declined to release the list to newsmen, the State Director, Mr. Alfred Ajayi, stated that the action became necessary because of their bad record.
Ajayi said that while some of the parties and their officials had been playing the game according to rules, some were observed to be engaging in acts that were inimical to law and order.
Addressing leaders of political parties in his office, in Yola, in the build- up to the polls, Ajayi noted that there had been cases of bill boards and posters defacing as well as provocative songs and jingles, warning that any party or its official who engages directly or indirectly in violence would be punished in accordance with the law.
He said SSS deemed it necessary to interact with leaders of the parties which would participate in the election to put them on notice that they must play the game according to the rules.
He recalled the experiences in other states during the post April 2011 presidential election violence, the ugly drama in the northern senatorial zone of the state during the national assembly elections and the security situation in the North-East region, generally, noting that though there was relative peace in Adamawa, ‘’this does not mean that the state is immune to attack.’’
He said, “We should not assume that all is well. It is the light of these that the service is making efforts to ensure that activities and actions that could impinge negatively on security in the state are removed and tackled”.
While commending the quick response by political parties in the forum, the State Director appealed to politicians to approach the forthcoming governorship election with the fear of God as, according to him, “true service does not require desperation”.
Leaders of political parties at the forum however commended the service for organizing the interactive session and promised to work towards making the election violence-free.
They however, spoke on the need for security operatives to check cases of illegal possession of ballot papers ahead of the election, inducement by money- bags politicians and their political parties among other nefarious activities associated with the conduct of elections by INEC.