DAILY FILE – Kaduna state Governor, Malam Nasir El-Rufai, has assured that he has met with the nation’s security chiefs in Abuja in order to ensure peaceful elections in his state.
Speaking at a stakeholders’ meeting at Kafanchan town, headquarters of Jema’a local government yesterday, the governor disclosed that recent intelligence reports have indicated that some people want to forment crisis in Southern Kaduna before or during elections.
The governor said, the reports show that the planners want the violence to spread to other parts of the state because they have sensed defeat in the coming general elections.
El-Rufai said “I have met with the Chief of Defence Staff(General Abayomi Olanisakin), the Chief of Army Staff(Lt General Tukur Buratai) and the Inspector General of Police(Mohammed Abubakar Adamu) on the issue and they promised to strengthen security in Kaduna state before and during elections,” the governor revealed.
El-Rufai said that the security chiefs have assured him that they will deploy new personnel to tackle the security threat.
The governor advised parents to warn their children to be of good behaviour, adding that they should not carry weapons on election day.
“Tell your children and wards that the only thing that they should carry with them on election day to the polling unit is their Permanent Voters Cards(PVCs). The police will arrest them if they carry weapons,” he warned at the meeting.
El-Rufai added that he has met with traditional rulers of Southern Kaduna yesterday to reiterate the warning.
The governor however enjoined the people of Kaduna state to come out and vote for their preferred candidates as adequate security will be provided on election day.
According to Governor El Rufai, election is about voting for ones preferred party or candidates and therefore there should not be a problem with this.
El-Rufai also said that his administration has executed projects throughout Kaduna state, irrespective of whether or not the local governments or senatorial districts voted for All Progressives Congress(APC) in 2015.
“Like I always say, after elections, public servants should cease to be partisan. They belong to everybody and so, they should be fair to all irrespective of whatever differences. This is what we have been doing since we assumed office,” he said.
The governor who said that the difference between APC and PDP votes in Southern Kaduna in 2015, was just 12,000 votes, promised that the coming election will not be easy for the opposition in the area as they assume.
The APC campaign trail went to the Kafanchan township stadium after the meeting, where Architect Barnabas Bala Bantex, incumbent Deputy Governor and APC senatorial for Zone 3, and Dr Hadiza Balarabe, El Rufai’s running mate addressed supporters at a rally. ENDs
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