By Godwin Oghre
The Commander, Sapele Area Police Command, ACP Mauma Rijau yesterday read the riot act to candidates and stakeholders involved in the forthcoming election warning that the police would on no account tolerate any breach of the peace.
While he solicited the cooperation of the stakeholders at an interactive session in Sapele, the representative of DSIEC in the area, Mr Omeuku Kingsley on his part assured of a peaceful and fair election in the forthcoming local Government Chairmanship election in the State, adding that, “DESIEC is fully ready for a free and fair election on Saturday chairmanship election across the state.
The political parties and their Chairmanship and Vice Chairmanship candidates, agents and key party members invited to the meeting were from APC, PDP, Labour Party, APGA, among others, in Sapele, Okpe, Ethoipe East, Ethoipe West, and Warri North L.G Areas.
ACP Rijau told the politicians at the meeting that, “the police would provide adequate security to ensure the conduct of a free and fair elections these areas.
Take note the police is familiar with all the nook and cranny of the areas, particularly crime prone areas, and I urge anyone likely to be offended to report all grievances to the Divisional Police Officer of Sapele Police Command or myself for immediate action.”
Earlier, some of the party Chairmanship candidates particularly those of APC, AGPA and Labour and their supporters had expressed fear over the capability, ability and honesty of DESIEC, to conduct a free and fair election, noting that “in the time past, officials of one of the political parties in the state had connived with security officials to snatch ballot boxes and produced fake results in the areas, just as some results were announced and winners had emerged even before the elections were conducted.”