Police Caution Presidential Candidates, Supporters Against Inciting Comments

The Nigeria Police Force (NPF) Headquarters in Abuja, has beckoned on the presidential candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC),Labour Party (LP), Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the New Nigeria Peoples Party (NNPP), to caution their supporters against unnecessary actions that will heat up the polity.

According to the Force Public Relations Officer( FPRO), Olumuyiwa Adejobi, in a statement, the warning became necessary following series of intelligence reports from all angles.

Adejobi also called for calm as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) speeds up their efforts in collating results.

He said, “In furtherance of the close monitoring of the ongoing 2023 electoral exercise, and consequent upon a series of intelligence reports, and high expectations from all angles, the Nigeria Police Force has deemed it necessary to charge Presidential Candidates of all political parties, most especially APC, PDP, LP and NNPP, to caution their party stalwarts and supporters to avoid making inciting comments capable of unnecessarily heating up the polity and creating undue excitement amongst the electorates and the general populace in the country.

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“The NPF, having assessed the trend of scaled-up expectations and psychological projections on the ongoing electoral process viz-a-viz collation of results, charges all presidential candidates, as leading and respected figures in their respective political parties, to seize the opportunity of this waiting period to emphasize the rule of law, respect for the Constitution, and constituted authority amongst their supporters, as we all owe a duty to ensure that the nation does not fall into anarchy on the basis of interests and sentiments.

“The Force similarly reiterates the need to desist from mounting undue pressure on the electoral process viz-a-viz the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), the body which is constitutionally mandated with the conduct of elections and announcement of results, as all hands are on deck to speedily conclude collation of results and declare the winner.

“While commending the general populace and electorates for their patience thus far and largely lawful conduct around the country, the Police, therefore, encourages presidential candidates to admonish their supporters to uphold the tenets of the Peace Accord recently signed for the smooth conduct of the 2023 general elections.”