Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Nigeria: Electoral body, police tasked to run credible governorship polls

Nigerian President Mohammadu Buhari has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the Nigerian Police against giving in to undue pressure from some unscrupulous politicians to taint the integrity of elections.

Buhari gave the warning during a meeting with INEC officials and authorities of the Nigerian police, which the opposition People’s Democratic Party (PDP) last week raised alarm over the meeting, alleging suspicions.

Reacting to the development, the Senior Special Assistant to the president on Media and Publicity, Mallam Garba Shehu, said that the President had warned INEC and the police against any form of impunity during the elections.

Shehu explained that Buhari had suffered electoral manipulations in the past and wouldn’t want a repeat of such against anyone in future elections.

“The President called the meeting cited by the PDP to warn in particular, the INEC and the Police to prepare and give the nation a credible election. He said he expected nothing short of a free, fair and credible election,” Shehu said.

“The meeting was short and straight to the point. It ended after five minutes,” he added.

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