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Eid-el-Fitr: Don’t bring posters to Eid ground, Gombe Police tell politicians

The Gombe State Police Command has cautioned politicians against bringing political posters or electioneering materials to Eid prayer grounds, saying such action would be meted with punishment.

The state Commissioner of Police, Ishola Babaita, said the season for campaign would be declared open by Independent National Electoral Commission, adding that violators would not be spared.

Babaita stated this on Saturday, at the officer’s mess, during the command’s monthly meeting.

The commissioner who declined to reveal the number of officers deployed to ensure peace and security said all hands would be on deck towards attaining the desired peace before, during and after Sallah celebrations.

He said, “I wish to felicitate with the Muslim ummah and members of the general public. The command reaffirms its commitment towards protection of life and property of the citizens by emplacing robust crime prevention measures, before, during and after.

“It is necessary to once again call on politicians in the state to strictly adhere to INEC time table on schedule of activities for the 2023 general election. The command will not hesitate to arrest and prosecute individual or persons who sponsor or encourage campaigns or political rallies under any guise at Eid praying grounds in violations of the Electoral Act. No posters, no room for campaign of any sort should be brought, as the ground is not meant for campaign.”

He added that criminal hideouts would be raided accordingly to ensure, the peaceful celebration of the Muslim holidays.

Meanwhile, the state Command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defence Corps said no fewer than 614 officers would be deployed during the forthcoming break, while urging officers to be professional in handling their tasks.

Disclosing this through a press statement Public Relations Officer, Saad Buhari, urged residents to enjoy the season without fear, noting that efforts were on in ensuring itch-free celebration.

The statement read, “Commandant Waziri Babagoni Goni has deployed 614 Officers and Men to provide adequate security and protection of critical National assets in the State to checkmate the activities of bad elements that will want to take advantage of the festive season (before, during and after) as directed by the Commandant General Abubakar Ahmed Audi.

“The deployment, cuts across mosques, recreation centres, motor parks, markets, black spots, flash points among others. Commandant Goni, congratulates all Muslim faithfuls in the State over Eid il fitri (Sallah) celebration.”

BREAKING: Tinubu picks N100m APC presidential form

Former Lagos State governor, Bola Tinubu, has picked the All Progressives Congress’ N100m Presidential Nomination and Expression of Interest Forms, instatrendz9ja has learnt.

It was gathered that Tinubu, who is in Saudi Arabia for Hajj, was represented by some of his close associates including House of Representatives member from Ikeja Federal Constituency, James Faleke; member representing Agege Federal Constituency in the green chamber, Babatunde Adejare; and a former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Babachir Lawal.

Faleke, Lawal and other loyalists of the strongman of Lagos politics picked up the presidential forms for him (Tinubu) at the APC National Headquarters on Blantyre Street, Wuse 2, Abuja, at exactly 3pm.

Tinubu’s loyalists at APC secretariat on Friday. Photo credit: Tinubu Support Group
Tinubu had in January announced his desire to succeed the incumbent President, Major General Muhammadu Buhari (retd.), in May 2023.

He had told Aso Rock reporters that becoming Nigeria’s President was his “lifelong ambition” and that there was nothing wrong in a kingmaker becoming a king.

Already, Minister of State for Education, Emeka Nwajiuba; Kogi State Governor, Yahaya Bello; amongst others have picked up the APC presidential forms while others are expected to follow suit in the coming days.

They include Vice-President Yemi Osinbajo; Minister of Transportation, Rotimi Amaechi; Minister of Labour and Employment, Chris Ngige; Ebonyi State Governor, Dave Umahi; former Imo State Governor, Rochas Okorocha; former Abia State Governor, Orji Kalu; amongst others jostling to be the flagbearer at the end of the APC presidential primary scheduled to hold at the end of May 2022.

In the Peoples Democratic Party, presidential hopefuls have also emerged from both the Northern and Southern regions in the last few weeks. They include former Ekiti State Governor, Ayodele Fayose; ex-Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi; media personality, Dele Momodu; former Secretary to the Government of the Federation, Pius Anyim; former Senate President, Bukola Saraki; ex-Vice-President Atiku Abubakar; Sokoto State Governor, Aminu Tambuwal; Bauchi State Governor, Bala Mohammed; amongst others.

The PDP’s presidential primary has also been scheduled for the end of May while Nigerians watch with rapt keenness as the two prominent parties elect their flagbearers at their conventions in four weeks’ time.