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Adamawa State government has put all security agencies on red alert against possible breakdown of law and order during today’s elections.

This came as former Vice President Atiku Abubakar intensified effort to get the state governor, Mohammed Bindow, out of power.

However, the state government declared yesterday that Atiku was not a threat to Bindow’s re-election.

The Commissioner for Information, Ahmed Sajo, told The Guardian in Yola that government had made arrangement with security agencies to curtail any security emergency that might arise during today’s polls.

Sajo said the government was satisfied with the peace that reigned in all parts of the state during the presidential and national assembly elections, and that it would not want to take chances in today’s election.

He specifically identified voter intimidation and harassment as possible threats to the election, adding that such threats would not materialise as adequate security arrangement had been made.

Apart from campaigning against Bindow’s All Progressives Congress (APC) government in the state, Atiku, the presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), was said to have initiated serious political strategies to sway votes in favour of the PDP governorship candidate, Umaru Fintiri, who was two-time speaker of the state assembly and former acting governor.

Over 300 candidates will contest the governorship and state assembly elections in the state today.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Kashim Gaidam, had announced that 29 candidates would be contesting the governorship, while 284 from various political parties would vie for the state assembly seats.

Among the 29 contestants for the governorship are four women – Lami Musa of People’s Party of Nigeria (PPN), Na’ama Bulama of Progressive Peoples Alliance (PPA), Rukayya Audu of Action People’s Party (APP) and Elizabeth Isa of Change Advocacy Party (CAP).

On the level of preparations for the election, Gaidam said all sensitive and non-sensitive materials had been distributed across the 21 councils of the state.


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