Members of the Action Congress of Nigeria, Iyamho Community, Uzaire in Etsako-West Local Government, Edo State, have formed a security committee to complement efforts of law enforcement agencies in securing the community during the July 14 election.
Iyamho is the hometown of the ACN governorship candidate and state governor, Adams Oshiomhole.
The leader of the party in the community, Mr. John Aighufue, told our correspondent that the electorate had been mobilised to vote and protect their votes, adding that a 10-man security committee was set up to communicate security tips from law enforcement agents to members of the community.
He said, “This committee is set up to coordinate the voting exercise. We will ensure that no incident of ballot box snatching is recorded in this community.”
A member of the committee and former leader, Legislative arm of the local government, Mr. Brai Oshioremie, said the community would set an example of holding peaceful election in the state, while expressing his confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission.
He said, “We will ensure that strangers to this community would not be allowed in during the poll. We will mount security checks at the entrances to Iyamho to deny election manipulators and ballot box snatchers entry.
“The committee has a good rapport with the security forces and we shall communicate the security tips and the dos and don’ts issued to the community.
“Oshiomhole has told us that nobody must be intimidated during the exercise. He had asked us to make good example from this community. He warned that no electoral malpractice must be recorded in his village and we are ready to defend our votes.”
Oshioremie said the electorate were “politically educated” to exercise their franchise, adding that assistance would be provided for the aged, illiterate and the physically-challenged.
He added, “If there is anybody we believe in this election, it is the INEC. We believe that Attahiru Jega will ensure that the election is free and fair and that our votes count.”