By; RAYMOND TEDUNJAYE, Lagos
In an avowed determination to ensure a violence free campaign and peaceful elections in 2019, the Lagos State Commissioner of Police, Edgal Imohimi has committed governorship candidates and other contestants to enter into an undertaking of ensuring a violence free campaign and peaceful elections.
The exercise, which took place at the Police Officer”s Mess, Ikeja on Wednesday had in attendance the gubernatorial candidates of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Mr. Babajide Sanwo-olu, African Democratic Party (ADP), Young Democratic Party (YDP), Natoonal Conscience Party (NCP), the Deputy Governorship candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) among others.
Also present at the event was a member of the House of Representative representing Kosofe federal constituency, Hon. Rotimi Agunsoye and other parties’ candidates for various positions.
While fielding questions, the Commissioner of Police Edgal Imohimi explained that the exercise is to ensure that all the candidates and their supporters abide by the electoral laws in ensuring a violence free campaign and peaceful elections.
He however remarked that the exercise was just a formal process, adding that the command does not expect violence because the contestants are of high calibres.
Edgal however warned that the command would not hesitate to enforce the electoral laws to the letter against any violators.
Also speaking at the occasion, the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner in Lagos Mr Sam Olumekun said INEC is conscious of the need for peace during the election.
He hinted that the commission has put in place the necessary plans on security for the election, adding that it is a member of the LICEC, a committee which is being chaired by the police commissioner.
The APC gubernatorial candidate Mr. Sanwo-olu in a chat with journalists said their is need for contestants to conduct themselves in a civil and orderly manner in order to ensure that the 2019 election is better than the previous ones.
In a communiqué issued at the end of the Stakeholders meeting, it was agreed that campaign officers of political parties/ candidates must approach the Lagos State Advertising and Signage Agency (LAASA) for guidance/ procedure on how and where to deploy their campaign billboards, posters for the waiver where necessary.
” That political parties, contestants to set up monitoring teams to monitor their billboards/ posters, Political parties/ contestants to focus their campaigns on issues and not to engage in religious/ tribal attacks, hate speeches and inciteful statement.
Political parties / candidates to prevail on their members, agents and supporters to embrace peace and eschew thuggery and do or die mentality, throughout the electioneering period.
Political parties / aspirants to submit their campaign itinerary to the Police for effective security coverage.
Political parties / candidates to impress on their chief security officers to partner with the police for seamless coverage of their activities/ programmes.
That the media is implored to double check their stories before going to the press and not to carry the stories that will set the political landscape in the state ablaze”.