Remi Oladoye
Ahead of 2015 general elections, the Oyo State Police command in conjunction with the state branch of the Nigeria Bar Association NBA on monday organised a day workshop to senstise the people on the need to know their right and what was expected of them to have a free and fair election.

The Programme which was held at the state Command headquarters Eleyele Ibadan had in attendance representatives of all the service chiefs, Military and para military organisations and other security agencies in the state

Others included representatives of political parties, Market women, traditional rulers ,religious  artisans and professionals in the state

The commissioner of Police. Kola Sodipo PSC in his welcome address said the workshop was organised to chart a road map for the conduct of proper elections in 2015 ” we need to set standards  for our conduct and electioneering activities that would go down the history as a reference point for future generation”

Speaking on the objective of the workshop, the CP said ” This workshop is an avenue to right all the wrongs and toe a new path of peaceful and descent political conduct, we must say no to the ugly trend of political violence, arson and all manners of crude practices that have been noticed in the conduct of the key stakeholders so far “.

“It is expedient that the stakeholders acquaint themselves with the provision of the Electoral Act. Section 23,25, 59,117,129, and 132 of the Act are particularly relevant to the conduct of politicians and political parties. It is common knowledge that ignorance of the law is not an excuse for its violation, there is a need therefore that all stakeholders ensure that electioneering activities are conducted in accordance with the dictates of law and in most peaceful manner.?

He however assured the participant that Oyo State police command with the support and cooperation of sister security agencies is determined to deliver to the people a descent and effectively policed electoral process.

?The police shall remain professional fair and impartial in the discharge of their statutory as all stakeholders shall enjoy a level playing ground as far as they remain law abiding”.

The chairman of the Oyo state Branch of the Nigeria Bar Association NBA, Barrister Kazeem Gbadamosi in his lecture, pointed out that the provision of the electoral Act did not give room to seek police permit before holding rallies but it that it was important for them to be at all rallies so as to prevent any form of violence and breakdown of law and order

Barrister Gbadamosi who spoke on the Public Order and the control of procession act said the police and all the stakeholders in the country should work out a system that will enhance conduct of peaceful free and fair elections in the country.

Some of the participants including Alhaji Ismaila Ashipa, Hon Remi Ayodele and  others commended the initiators of the programme and urged them to extend it to other zones in the state because it will go a long way in sanitising the electoral process.


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