Security agencies in Edo State will today provide 1,650 personnel for the All Progressives Congress (APC) governorship primaries, which will hold in Benin City, the state capital.
Meanwhile, Governor of Katsina State and Chairman of the Edo State APC Governorship Primaries Committee, Aminu Masari, has assured of a credible process, saying the committee would be fair to all the aspirants.
But Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo State has called on the Committee to ensure that the same rules, which produced a successful APC primary election in Kogi State, are used in today’s primary election in the state.
The police said it has deployed 1,200 personnel to provide watertight security for the gubernatorial primary of the party in the state.The Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC) also said that it would deploy 450 of its officers for the exercise, while it is expected that the Department of State Security (DSS) and military would also deploy their men to the Sam Ogbemudia Stadium venue for the primaries.
The Commissioner of Police, Chris Ezike, while briefing journalists on security arrangements for event, warned impostors, trouble makers and those who do not have business with the exercise to steer clear of the venue.
Ezike said: “I want to say that the police in conjunction with other security services are ready to do the needful, to provide safety and security to the delegates, officials, aspirants themselves and their agents.
“We are also ready to provide security to the good people of Edo State so that there will not be any bitterness, rancour and acrimony in the course of the primaries.
“As you are aware, the party sets the rules in the primaries, so our job is to police the rules as set. However, violence is not a tool in an election.”
On his part, State Commandant of NSCDC, Walter Akubuiroh, said 100 of the 450 personnel that would be deployed by the para-military security outfit for the exercise would be armed.
“We are going to strategically position our men around the venue while some others will provide security for the delegates as well as the aspirants. “We will also be working to ensure free vehicular movement within the precincts of the venue where the primaries will take place,” Akubuiroh said.