Bashir Makama

Bashir Makama, the Akwa Ibom State Commissioner of Police, has warned that anyone caught indulging in acts of vote buying would be arrested by the police.

Makama has cautioned politicians and the electorate, ahead of Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly elections to desist from buying, selling or canvassing for votes at poling units.

The CP handed down the warning on Tuesday at the Command’s headquarters Uyo, Akwa Ibom State, during a meeting with stakeholders of political parties, heads of security agencies and the officials of the Independent National Electoral Commission.

Makama said the command had done everything possible to ensure free, fair and credible polls on Saturday adding that political party leaders must build on that by controlling their supporters to ensure that peace reign before during and after the elections.

“As a command we have done everything possible to ensure that peace reigns. Politics should be without bitterness and rancour, it is not a do-or-die affair.

“You must therefore behave yourselves at polling units because we will not tolerate any irresponsible behavour. Any strategy you are adopting to win election, ensure that you adopt a transparent strategy. Canvassing for, buying or selling of votes is against electoral acts. Anybody seen doing this will be arrested,” he said.

He also said wearing of political party insignia, blaring of siren and carrying phones within the polling units would not be tolerated.

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