To ensure a peaceful campaign around the nation, Usman Baba, the Inspector General of Police (IGP), has asked for cooperation from the police and other security organizations.
The police chief made the request at the signing of the first National Peace Accord for the 2023 general elections by presidential candidates and their political parties on Thursday in Abuja.
“I assure (you) that a level playing field and adequate security will be provided for all the political parties during the campaigns. I, however, wish to specially appeal to all political parties to cooperate with the Nigeria Police in this process and in our general drive to ensure a peaceful electioneering campaign across the country,” added the IGP.
He advised everyone involved in politics to prioritize national interests before party goals.
“We will engage the leadership of all political parties at all levels, civil society organisations, the military intelligence community, other security agencies and all other strategic stakeholders in achieving our mandates,” he explained.
Mr. Baba called their attention to the electoral offenses in section 225 (3) of the Constitution, which forbids political parties from holding funds or other assets outside of Nigeria, as well as sections 88 to 93 of the Electoral Act of 2022 (as amended), which contain provisions on campaign financing, election expenses, and the maximum amount of individual donations that may be given to support a candidate’s political campaign.