The Sokoto State Police Command on Friday advised politicians to play by the rules and embrace decorum as electioneering toward the 2019 elections commenced.

Commissioner of Police in the state, Mr Murtala Mani, gave the advice in Sokoto at a peace meeting between heads of security agencies and political stakeholders in the state.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the meeting was at the instance of the police command.

According to Mani, the gathering aims at creating a peaceful political atmosphere in preparation for the forthcoming 2019 general elections.

“For several reasons, it is expedient for any political party to formally inform the security agencies of any meeting, rally or procession, for enhanced security, and at the same time, prepare to contain any untoward situation.

“Members of political parties should avoid making hate speeches, songs and or inciting statements during campaigns, rallies or in electronic media.

“Also, political parties should adopt a decisive way of making use of their supporters and ensure that they don’t engage in any violent activity.

“More so, destruction of aspirants’ posters is not allowed and should not, in any way, be encouraged. Politics is all about interest and personal opinion,” he said.

The police boss reassured of the safety of Sokoto state citizens before, during and beyond the election exercise.

In his remarks, the Resident Electoral Commissioner in the state, Malam Abubakar Musa, assured the political leaders of free, fair and credible elections in the state.

He called on them to maintain the culture of creating peace and unity among their supporters.

“We cannot live without peace and unity, and as such, we should always maintain our stand at ensuring peaceful co-existence among us.

“This is to enable more growth and development to be achieved.

“Politicians should always struggle for people’s mandate through their thoughts and not through violence or creating unnecessary tension in the society,” he said.

Earlier, the Guest Speaker, Malam Abubakar Mabera, commended the police for organising the gathering, stressing that such would surely enable peaceful conduct of the 2019 elections.

Mabera called on politicians to play the game with fairness, peace and sincerity of purpose.

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