Gov. Polls: IGP Orders Restriction Of Movement, Bars Amotekun, Others

The Inspector General of Police, Baba Usman Alkali, has ordered a restriction of movement on Saturday for the gubernatorial election.

Gov. Polls: IGP Orders Restriction Of Movement, Bars Amotekun, Others
Gov. Polls: Orders Restriction Of Movement, Bars Amotekun, Others

However, those on essential services such as officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), electoral observers, accredited media and observers as well as emergency responders are excluded.

“This directive excludes the Federal Capital Territory as no election is being conducted therein,” said Force Spokesman, Muyiwa Adejobi.

“Similarly, the reiterates the ban on all security aides to VIPs and escorts from accompanying their principals and politicians to polling booths and collation centres during the election.”

The also barred state-established security outfits and privately-owned outfits from participating in election security management. State-owned security outfits include the Benue State Community Volunteer Guards, the Amotekun Corps, and Ebubeagu, amongst others.

The urged all citizens to be law-abiding during and after the elections even as he assured Nigerians that all necessary security arrangements have been emplaced to ensure they exercise their franchise unhindered.

Significant violence was recorded during the February 25 presidential and National Assembly elections, especially in states like Lagos, Kano, Rivers, and Bayelsa amongst others. Ballot box snatching, voter harassment and intimidation were the order of the day.

With the conduct of the presidential and legislative polls and the attendant legal tussles trailing the outcome of the results announced by Nigeria’s electoral body, the battlegrounds have shifted to states as Nigerians will head to the polls again on Saturday, March 18, 2023, to elect a new set of governors and state assembly members.

Significantly, 18 political parties fielded candidates for the elections slated to hold in 28 out of the 36 states of the Federation. This is so as the governorship elections of eight states (Anambra, Bayelsa, Edo, Ekiti, Imo, Kogi, Osun and Ondo) are held off-season due to litigations and court judgements that truncated the regularity of governorship elections in the country.

Be it as it may, elections for members of the state legislature will hold in the 36 states of the Federation. Already, thousands of candidates are competing for 993 State Houses of Assembly seats. This data is according to statistics by INEC.

In alphabetical order, the 28 states where governorship elections will hold on March 18, 2023, are: Abia, Adamawa, Akwa Ibom, Bauchi, Benue, Borno, Cross River, Delta, Ebonyi, Enugu, Gombe, Jigawa, Kaduna, Kano, Katsina, Kebbi, Kwara, Lagos, Nasarawa, Niger, Ogun, Oyo, Plateau, Rivers, Sokoto, Taraba, Yobe, Zamfara.

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