March 11 2023 : Brace for credible elections, SaMBA tells INEC, security agencies

Ahead of the gubernatorial and state assembly elections coming up Saturday, the Southern and Middle Belt Alliance (SaMBA) has asked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to brace up for free, fair and credible elections across the states.

The group in a statement signed by its spokesperson, Prince Rwang Pam Jr, in Abuja Tuesday, also tasked the Inspector – General of Police , Usman Baba Alkali and heads of other security agencies to provide adequate security for all stakeholders.

It added that if the head of the various security agencies are not ready to secure the elections, they should resign.

SaMBA in the statement said the failure of INEC, Police and DSS to competently perform their constitutional duties during the 25th February Presidential and National Assembly elections “has not only brought international disgrace to Nigeria, but equally failed to protect the mandate of millions of Nigerians.”

Nigerians it added, need commitment that transcends verbal promises as countless instances of bullying, intimidation of voters and snatching and destruction electoral materials in various polling units across the country in the presence of security agencies indicates gross incompetence on the part of the Nigeria Police whose primary responsibility is to protect lives and property.

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