Police to presidential candidates: Caution party faithful, supporters against incitng comments

The Nigeria Police has urged presidential candidates of the   major political parties  in the 2023 general elections to caution their party stalwarts and supporters against making inciting comments that can over heat the polity; just as the Force sues for patience as Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) intensifies efforts on speedy collation of results.

Force Public Relations Officer (FPRO), CDP Olumuyiwa Adejobi, made the call in a press statement, Monday in Abuja stating: “In furtherance of the close monitoring of the ongoing 2023 electoral exercise, and consequent upon a series of intelligence reports, and high expectations from all angles, the Nigeria Police Force has deemed it necessary to charge presidential candidates of all political parties, most especially APC, PDP, LP and NNPP,  to caution their party stalwarts and supporters to avoid making inciting comments capable of unnecessarily heating up the polity and creating undue excitement amongst the electorates and the general populace in the country.”

Accoridng to the spoeksperson, “The NPF, having assessed the trend of scaled-up expectations and psychological projections on the ongoing electoral process viz-a-viz collation of results, charges all presidential candidates, as leading and respected figures in their respective political parties, to seize the opportunity of this waiting period to emphasize the rule of law, respect for the Constitution, and constituted authority amongst their supporters, as we all owe a duty to ensure that the nation does not fall into anarchy on the basis of interests and sentiments.

“The Force, similarly, reiterates the need to desist from mounting undue pressure on the electoral process viz-a-viz the INEC, the body which is constitutionally mandated with the conduct of elections and announcement of results, as all hands are on deck to speedily conclude collation of results and declare the winner.” 

He further stated that while commending the general populace and electorates for their patience thus far and largely lawful conduct around the country, “the Police, therefore, encourages presidential candidates to admonish their supporters to uphold the tenets of the Peace Accord recently signed for the smooth conduct of the 2023 general elections.”

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