No campaign without police order

By Tola Gbadamosi
Worried by the spate of the recent clashes between the major political parties during campaigns in various Local Government Areas of Ondo State, the state Commissioner of Police, Undie  Adie, has warned all the parties to get campaign clearance from the police headquarters before embarking on any campaign.

The Police Public Relations Officer, Mr Femi Joseph, told our correspondent on phone, while reacting to various violence that characterised the electioneering campaigns, in which some political parties contend over campaign grounds.

Joseph  said all the political parties have been told  to  obey the rules and regulations guiding campaigns, stressing that, “No two  political parties are  allowed  to hold their campaigns in the same venue on same day.

“They should know this and ensure they have  clear clearance from  the police headquarters before carrying out any campaign.

“No matter what happened at the local  level, they should still come to the headquarters and  meet with the Commissioner of Police to make enquiries and get final clearance  before embarking on any campaign.

He stated that the new police boss in the state has reiterated that political parties and candidates were expected to conduct themselves in a manner that would promote peace in the society and facilitate peaceful conduct of the elections.

Joseph said the issue of politics should not be a do or die affairs, saying  that the command will not hesitate to deal with offenders when necessary.

He, therefore, called on political parties and the candidates to work as a team to ensure peaceful conduct of the elections in the state.

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