Enugu State Police Commissioner Ahmed Ammani assured political parties that the command would ensure flawless coverage of election campaigns in the state.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has officially marked in its calendar the start of nationwide election campaigns on 28 September.
This assurance is contained in a statement issued on behalf of the commissioner by police spokesman Daniel Ndukwe on Sunday in Enugu.
The commissioner said this during an interactive closed-door meeting with leaders of political parties in the state at the command headquarters in Enugu.
He sought the cooperation and support of political parties, as the command worked vigorously to ensure that political activities and the actual elections take place in a peaceful and secure atmosphere.
“I assure you (party leaders) of this command’s commitment to ensuring the security of your activities at all levels during the upcoming campaign period.
“However, I urge you to ensure that you inform the police of your activities beforehand in order to facilitate appropriate police actions, in order to limit untoward events.
“I also want to remind you that politics is never a do-or-die affair.”
“Therefore, your political parties and supporters should avoid any form of political bitterness and rancor, as well as refrain from acts that may undermine public peace,” Mr. Ndukwe said, quoting the commissioner.
In response, party leaders commended the Commissioner’s foresight in convening the meeting and assured him of their commitment to abide by applicable laws on political party activities before, during and after the general election.
They however demanded a level playing field to allow all political parties to carry out their legitimate activities.
The commissioner was joined in the meeting by his lieutenants.
Political parties represented included the Accord Party (AP), Action Alliance (AA), Action Congress (AC), Democratic Action Party (ADP), Alliance Congress Congress (AAC) and the African Democratic Congress (ADC).
The others were All Progressives Congress (APC) and All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), All Progressive Party (APP), Allied Peoples Movement (APM) and Boot Party (BP).
The others were the Labor Party (LP), the National Rescue Movement (NRM), the New Nigeria People’s Party (NNPP), the People’s Redemption Party (PRP), the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and the Young Progressive Party (YPP).