The Inspector-General of Police, Mohammed Dahiru Abubakar, has on behalf of the Police High Command saluted the good people of Ondo State for their peaceful conduct during and after the 20th October, 2012 Gubernatorial Election held throughout the State.
A statement by CSP Frank Mba,deputy force public relations officer this morning said the IG is particularly appreciative of the high level of turn out, discipline, orderliness, patience and understanding displayed by the people even in the face of some operational and logistic challenges. He commended them for the immense cooperation accorded the Police and other sister security agencies which made the job of policing the elections much easier. This development, the IGP observes has proved that democracy has come to stay in our country.
Abubakar believes that the exemplary comportment and conduct of the Ondo People confirm the fact that power belongs to the people. “It is also an affirmation of the age-long position of the Force that security is the task of everyone and that the responsibility of policing a nation should not be left to the Police and the security agencies alone. One of the positive fall-outs of the Ondo State election is the clear message that the Nigeria Police can amicably and successfully work with the general public, in the discharge of its constitutional responsibility of protecting life and property”the IG said
The IG also enjoined Nigerians in all works of life, irrespective of differences in tribe, tongue and culture; to emulate and replicate, not just in political and election-related matters, but in all ramifications of life, the maturity displayed by the people of Ondo State.
Furthermore, he noted with satisfaction the high level of commitment, professionalism and patriotism exhibited by officers and men of the Police, the military and other security agencies. He commended their discipline, dedication and hard work in ensuring a most conducive environment for the peaceful and crisis-free conduct of the election. The remarkable synergy amongst the various security agencies is a clear signal of the new collective resolve and commitment of all law enforcement agencies to work together for the greater good of the nation,the IG said. He added that their performance has justified the huge resources invested in pre-deployment training, general capacity building and welfare of the personnel involved in the security management of the election.
Importantly, the IG reassured all Nigerians that all hands are already on deck to ensure that the modest success achieved in the just concluded Ondo Poll (as well as Edo elections conducted not long ago) by the Police and other security agencies is improved upon and replicated in subsequent elections in the country.
Equally, he restated the commitment of the Nigeria Police Force towards the protection of the fundamental human rights of every Nigerian, the rule of law and all essential democratic processes. This, the IG believes, will promote peace and orderliness in the country thereby providing a conducive atmosphere for economic and other socio-political activities to strive unhindered,the statement said.
Yesterday,INEC declared incumbent Governor Olusegun Mimiko as the winner of the highly contested election.Even PDP came second against all odds.ACN candidate ,Rotimi Akeredolu came third.