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Ekiti governorship election will be rancour-free – NSA

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NATIONAL Security Adviser (NSA) Babagana Monguno has assured that the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship election would be rancour-free.

The off-season election is fixed for June 18, 2022.

The NSA, represented by Sanusi Galadima, gave the assurance on Friday while speaking at the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security organized by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).

Monguno explained that the security agencies are monitoring developments in the South West state.

He noted that his discussions with the Inspector General of Police, Usman Alkali Baba, shows that everything is going smoothly.

“We are very optimistic that the election will be conducted smoothly without any rancour,” he said.

Galadima added that the NSA has assured all security personnel that will be involved in the election that they have nothing to worry about.

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“In the end, he also directed me to tell other security agencies with ICCES members and all those involved in the Ekiti election and subsequent election of Osun State that they have nothing to fear.

“The Federal Government is fully in their support, and all other logistics and other issues concerning the election will be provided.

“At the end of the day, he prayed to Almighty God that Ekiti election will be peacefully conducted, devoid of any rancour, ” Galadima said.

Also speaking at the occasion, the Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Mahmood Yakubu, said his Commission was on top of logistics for the seamless conduct of both Ekiti and Osun state governorship elections.

Mahmood said INEC would continue to sustain consultations with stakeholders in both states towards the smooth conduct of the elections.

“With only 15 days to the Ekiti Governorship election, all the major activities that are supposed to be carried out at this stage have been successfully undertaken. I led a team of INEC National Commissioners to Ekiti State early this week to assess the Commission’s preparations for the elections.

“We visited our offices in several Local Government Areas, held meetings with our staff, had an audience with the Council of Obas to solicit the support of their Royal Majesties for peaceful elections and met with the security agencies.

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“As the Commission is getting ready for the Ekiti State Governorship election, we have also gone far with similar preparations for the Osun State Governorship election holding next month, that is Saturday, July 16, 2022. At the same time, the Commission continues with preparations for the 2023 General Election,” Mahmood said.

He, however, warned about the unpalatable security situation in the country which, according to him, remained a threat to the Continuous Voters Registration exercise, which he said has been put on hold in some regions of the country.

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