In a determined effort to ensure a peaceful and secure electoral process during the 11th November off-cycle gubernatorial elections in Bayelsa, Imo, and Kogi States, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has taken a proactive approach by convening a crucial meeting with key stakeholders in Kogi State. The meeting, held in the state capital, brought together various stakeholders including political leaders, representatives of political parties, civil society organizations, electoral officials, traditional and religious leaders, youth leaders, and security agencies.
The Primary Objective: A Free, Fair, Credible, and Peaceful Electoral Process
The primary goal of this gathering was to engage in constructive dialogue, share information, and strategize on measures to guarantee a free, fair, credible, and peaceful electoral process in the state. The IGP emphasized the importance of such dialogues in ensuring that the electoral process runs smoothly, without any disruptions. It is essential to involve all stakeholders to create an atmosphere of trust and transparency, which is fundamental to the democratic process.
The Role of Political Leaders/Kogi Stakeholders
The IGP encouraged political leaders to play a significant role in maintaining the peace during the electoral process. Their role extends to promoting a culture of non-violence among their supporters and ensuring that the electoral process is conducted without any form of intimidation or coercion. By involving political leaders in this critical dialogue, the Inspector General of Police reinforces the message that it is the responsibility of all stakeholders to uphold the integrity of the elections.
Addressing Security Concerns: The Anyigba Incident
During the meeting, the IGP addressed a trending video of an incident in Anyigba where it was alleged that some armed men attacked the residence of one of the key officials in one of the parties. In response, he charged the Deputy Inspector-General of Police in charge of the Force Criminal Investigations Department (FCID) to take over the case for thorough investigation. The objective of this investigation is to ascertain all parties concerned, their respective levels of involvement, and to ensure justice by all means. This decisive action by the IGP underscores the commitment of the Force to impartiality and neutrality throughout the electoral process.
Zero Tolerance for Misconduct or Violence
The IGP reiterated that the Force is committed to impartiality and neutrality throughout the electoral process and will take decisive action against any person who engages in any form of misconduct or violence. This commitment to upholding law and order sends a strong message to all stakeholders, emphasizing the importance of a peaceful electoral process and the consequences for those who disrupt it. It underscores the IGP’s dedication to ensuring a secure and fair election for the people of Kogi State.
The Call for Peace Kogi Stakeholders
The IGP also charged candidates and their followers to embrace peace. He made it clear that the Police and other Security Agents would not spare anyone caught fomenting troubles during the electioneering process. This call for peace is a crucial aspect of maintaining order during elections and ensuring the safety of all citizens.
In conclusion, the Inspector General of Police, IGP Kayode Adeolu Egbetokun, has demonstrated a strong commitment to ensuring a peaceful and secure electoral process in Kogi State. His engagement with key stakeholders, commitment to impartiality, and dedication to upholding the law and order during the upcoming off-cycle gubernatorial elections highlight the importance of a fair and credible democratic process.