Edighomor Victor, Yenagoa
Mr Joseph Mukan the Bayelsa State Commissioner of Police has expressed optimism over the peaceful conduct of the 2019 general elections in the state, saying the outcome of the elections will depend largely on the stakeholders including the media and the political class.
According Police Commissioner Joseph Mukan, the stakeholders including the political class, Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, security agencies, media and the electorates must collaborate to ensure the outcome is not characterised by violence.
The Commissioner of Police, Joseph Mukan, made this known yesterday in Yenagoa during a call on him by the members of the Federated Correspondents Chapel, FCC, of the Nigerian Union of Journalists, NUJ, Bayelsa State Council led by the Chairman, Comrade Osaro Okhomina of Leadership newspapers.
According to the Police Commissioner, though he was concerned over the level of violence during party primaries and the 2016 governorship elections in the State, “But when the political class and their supporters see politics as not a do or die affair, the outcome will be peaceful.”
He attributed the past election violence to the political class who he accused of taking politics as a do or die affair, “the political gladiators hire thugs and these and many others were responsible for the wave of violence during elections in the State.”
He advised that the political class should see politics as a contest between brothers and kinsmen,”they are not contesting with someone from Rivers or any other state..They are contesting with family members and brothers. ”
He said: ” When things are done properly, we will get it right one day. If INEC gets it right, if the security gets it right, if the political class gets it’s right, and with the objective reportage of the media we will get it right also.”
“We have been talking with the political gladiators on why there should be peaceful and transparent elections. The political class should be held responsible for violence for seeing elections as a do or die affair, forgetting that the contest is between themselves and not with foreigners.”
On the FCC lecture series to hold on December 20th, Police Commissioner Joseph declared his support for the event and said he will support such lectures that will promote peaceful conduct of elections in the Bayelsa polity.
Earlier, the Chairman of FCC, Mr Osaro Okhomina, had commended the new Commissioner of police for the successes recorded in stemming the rate of crime and criminality in the state despite the controversies that trailed his deployment to the State.
Comrade Osaro Okhomina,who also commended the Police over the speedy response to the last month Police personnel extra judicial killing of a youth in the state capital with his arrest,dismissal and arraignment for murder, said the action showed that the police commissioner and the command will not tolerate such gross misconduct among it’s personnel.
Okhomina also used the opportunity to formally invite the Commissioner of Police to the Fifth Annual FCC Lecture series with the theme, ” The Quest for a People’s Governor, The Case for Bayelsa State.”