2019 elections: CNPP cautions INEC, security agencies against manipulation
BAUCHI State chapter of the Conference of Nigeria Political Parties (CNPP) has cautioned the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and law enforcement agencies against manipulating results of the 2019 general elections.
The caution was given by the State Chairman of the CNPP, Dr Safiyanu Maisalati on Monday in Bauchi when he interacted with reporters at the Secretariat of the Nigeria Union of Journalist NUJ, Bauchi, saying that both the Electoral body and the Police have a duty to ensure free, fair, peaceful credible elections that will be accepted by all warning that but if they manipulate the election results in favour of any particular candidate, they and their entire generations will regret it because doing so will disrupt the peaceful conduct of the elections.
Safiyanu Maisalati also warned the electoral body to ensure that only qualified people were engaged as ad-hoc staff after undergoing rigorous training and we’ll be equipped with all that is needed for them to assist in conducting free fair and peaceful election.
He advocated for a free, fair, credible and hitch-free general election, insisting that INEC and security agents should be neutral and unbiased in their conduct in order not to mortgage the future of Nigerians and not to cause violence during and after the conduct of the election.
The CNPP chairman also urged the youths to use their large population to install a new Nigeria and credible leaders that would give greater hope to the country and advised stakeholders to avoid doing any act that will bring shame to the authorities especially the electoral body and the security agencies.
The CNPP Chairman further warned that nobody should assume that they must rule Nigeria by force, adding that people’s votes must count at all levels and those with the highest number of votes should be declared a winner and warned the political class to refrain from acts capable of derailing the electoral processes.
He urged Government and official’s stake holders to put the state and its citizens first in all they do and say during the campaigns and elections proper, and enjoined politicians to be tolerant and desist from any acts or speech that might cause disunity among the people.
Safiyanu Maisalati then advised the INEC, Police, stakeholders, candidates and their parties to take desperation out of politics, adding that attempting to win at all costs could breed violence and that whoever wins the Presidential, governorship National and State Assembly election should be respected.