Ibrahim Shuaibu in Kano
Security operatives in Kano State wednesday warned candidates and political parties against violence ahead of the Saturday local government elections in the state.
They also the electorate not to indulge in any act capable of causing mayhem during or after the elections.
Addressing candidates and party leaders, ahead of the polls, the state Commissioner of Police, Rabiâ€™u Yusuf, said politics is not about violence or thuggery.
Yusuf, who is the Chairman lnter security agencies forum, appealed to the candidates and party leaders to play the game according to the rules by avoiding campaigns that might breed any unpleasant consequences because politics is not a do-or-die affair.
â€œWe the security agencies in the state do not belong to any political party. Ours is to provide security, and as such, I will like you, contestants and party leaders, to talk to your electorate, about your products, and at the end, they can vote for the candidate of their choice.
â€œI am sounding a note of warning to you, we will not tolerate violence or carrying dangerous weapons during the elections. Anyone caught will face the wrath of the law.
â€œThere will be restriction of movement on the election day. After casting your vote, you are advised to immediately leave the area because we shall not condone loitering.â€
He said: â€œWe are not politicians but we will make sure we provide enabling environment for a hitch-free exercise, as we will not hesitate to deal decisively with anyone trying to scuttle the election.
â€œYou should learn to accept defeat, as God has already chosen the winners. Accepting defeat will bring peace and tranquility in our society.â€
Meanwhile, the representatives of all the political parties unanimously agreed to the peace accord to abide by all the rules governing the conduct of election.