Kogi News
Kogi State Government House, Lokoja (image courtesy Kogi Reports)

Former First Lady of Kogi, Prof. Aisha Audu has called on the Federal Government to remove all illegal arms and ammunition in the state ahead of the November 16 governorship election.

Concise News reports that Audu, who is the candidate of the Young Progressive Party (YPP), made the call in an interview with NAN in Abuja.

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Audu is the widow of the late Abubakar Audu, former governor of the state who served between 1999 and 2003.

The professor described the election as an examination in which the people would come out with the scorecard and not a war.

“We are going into an examination, that is how I see the November 16 Kogi governorship elections.

“The world in watching, the international community is concerned and the reports are not good.

I believe the government will not take this for granted and do something to stop the killings in Kogi in the name of power sharing,” she said.

On the 35,200 police personnel to be deployed to Kogi for the elections, Audu said that the numbers looked good to secure the process.

It would be recalled that Mohammed Adamu, the Inspector-General of Police while playing host to the chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu during the meeting of the Inter-Agency Consultative Committee on Election Security organised by the commission in Abuja recently revealed that about 31,041 personnel will be deployed to cover the election in Bayelsa state, while 35,200 personnel will man the entire terrain in Kogi as well.

The police boss stated that the deployment of personnel will not allow free activities of touts to perpetrate their heinous acts during the election period.

“In Bayelsa State, we are deploying about 31,041 personnel to cover the election.

“In Kogi State, we are deploying about 35,200 personnel to cover the election.

“These Personnel are to cover every terrain in the two states; no touts will be allowed to be brought from any adjoining states to disrupt elections.”

The IGP assured the electoral umpire that the security of the INEC and the election materials will be given top priority.

“All those areas will be manned. The security of INEC and its election materials are guaranteed by these deployments.

“State INEC headquarters will be protected in the states and even the LGAs.

According to him, the ward collation centers will be adequately protected; the CBN where the materials will be taken care of, and the polling unit and collation centers will be adequately manned.