Gombe gov attends meeting on election security ahead March 18 polls

  • INEC begins distribution of sensitive materials in Gombe

Gombe State Governor, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya was earlier today at a meeting of Inter- Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security (IACCES) organised by the Independent National Electoral Commission to ensure a hitch free Governorship and State Assembly elections in the state.

The meeting equally had in attendance other Governorship candidates, top officials of some political parties as well as heads of security agencies in the state.

In an address, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in Gombe State, Umar Ibrahim who is also the IACCES Chairman, explained that the meeting was organised to douse the seeming rising tension in view of recent developments that heating the polity.

He appealed to Governorship candidates and officials of political parties to consider politics as a game and not a war.

“You may recall that exactly a month ago we signed the peace accord towards ensuring peaceful conduct of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, it has become pertinent that we meet and remind ourselves of the enormous responsibility of ensuring peaceful polls this Saturday”.

He urged the various candidates and their followers to avoid making inciting and unguarded comments that are capable of disturbing the peace for which the State is known for.

The REC revealed that INEC in the state has concluded arrangements to begin the distribution of sensitive and non sensitive materials to all the Local Government Areas for onward distribution to the various polling units across the State.

Also speaking, the Gombe State commissioner of police, CP Oqua Etim appealed to the various contesting political parties to eschew violence and work towards a peaceful Gombe State devoid of hate speech.

Representatives from Action Alliance AA, People’s Democratic Party PDP and the Inter Party Advisory Committee IPAC spoke during the meeting.

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