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Don’t Use State Security Operatives For Elections - Labaran Maku Tells INEC

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- Independent National Electoral Commission has been asked not to engage Nasarawa state security outfit for the conduct of the general elections

- Labaran Maku, the state governorship candidate of APGA, urged INEC and the security agencies to be highly professional and maintain neutrality during the elections

- Maku also asked the electorate to be law-abiding but to protect their votes until the real winners were announced

Labaran Maku, Nasarawa state governorship candidate of All Progressives Grand Alliance, has advised Independent National Electoral Commission not to engage Nasarawa state security outfit for the conduct of the general elections.

News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Maku, a former minister of Information, gave the advice on Thursday, February 21, in Wakama community of Nassarawa-Eggon local government area.

He said in an interview with newsmen that the state government was planning to influence INEC to use personnel of Nasarawa Youth Empowerment Scheme (NAYES) in its (government’s) bid to rig the elections.

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Maku said: ''I have it on good authority that the state government wants NAYES officials to be used in the forthcoming elections just like they used them in the local government elections in the state in 2018.

‘‘So, we would not accept any security outfit in the election apart from the federal and recognised security agencies.’’

The APGA standard bearer also urged INEC and the security agencies to be highly professional and maintain neutrality during the elections.

He said that most times the lack of neutrality by the electoral umpire and security agencies was responsible for post-election violence in the country.

He called on the electorate to be law-abiding but to protect their votes until the real winners were announced.

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When contacted, ASP Samaila Usman, Nasarawa state police public relations officer, said NAYES would not participate in the elections because it was not a federal security outfit.

He said members of Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps, Nigeria Immigration Service, Nigerian Customs Service and Federal Road Safety Corps would be in-charge of security during the elections.

Usman assured members of the public that the police would be highly professional to ensure rancour free general elections.

Meanwhile, Legit.ng had reported that the governorship candidate of the APGA in Nasarawa state, Labaran Maku, said he would not join any cult group just to be elected governor of the state in the forthcoming general elections.

Maku made the assertion on Wednesday, January 2, while addressing supporters that paid new year homage to him at his home in Wakama village of Nassarawa-Eggon local government area of the state.

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The history of Nigeria elections and the story of the gods.

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very necessary

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It will be abnormal if they do such

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The reasons are best known to them

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