Benue CP Holds A Dialogue With Candidates From Various Political Parties

The Benue State Commissioner of Police, Command, CP Wale Abass, engaged aspirants across all political parties on Thursday to review the February 25th election and discuss a way forward for successful gubernatorial and state assembly elections as part of efforts to forestall conflict in the forthcoming gubernatorial and state assembly elections.

A statement on Thursday, March 9, 2023, signed by the Benue State Police Public Relations Officer, SP. Anene Sewuese Catherine said that the CP, who assured participants of his commitment to ensuring that Benue state is safe for elections, emphasized that an operational plan for the election has been drawn and that the movement of officers will begin early enough to meet up with the time scheduled for elections.

The Police Commissioner also promised more security personnel at the polling units and collation centers and the establishment of quick response teams around polling units.

Participants at the meeting include the INEC Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof. Sam Egwu, the Director of the Department of State Services, and state assembly candidates from different political parties in the state. Participants appreciated the efforts of the police to maintain peace and pledged their support to ensure a peaceful election process. As feedback to the CP and REC, the issue of the late arrival of electoral materials in some areas, among other challenges experienced in the just concluded elections, was mentioned by some aspirants.

In response to complaints raised, the REC promised that such situations would not come up in the subsequent election, as the commission has made adequate arrangements to forestall such occurrences.

In conclusion, the CP appreciated the persons in attendance and asked that deliberations at the meeting be stepped down to followers and various community members.

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