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Ekiti police says it has not banned political rallies in the state; gives reason for the Bamidele incident

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Ekiti police says it has not banned political rallies in the state; gives reason for the Bamidele incident

by Dare Lawal

Following the condemnation which was voiced against the Ekiti state police command in some quarters after it forcefully barred Opeyemi Bamidele, a member of the House of Representatives who has vowed to run against the incumbent governor Kayode Fayemi, from holding a rally in the state, the police has come forward to defend its actions.

It said on Sunday that it did not place a ban on political rallies in the state but was determined to ensure that there is strict adherence to Section 99 of the Electoral Act 2011 as amended, which stipulates that  campaign rally could be held only 90 days to elections.

Speaking on behalf of the Ekiti Police Command, its Public Relations Officer, Victor Babayemi, insisted that it was erroneous for any politician and the people of the state to conclude that the Command placed a ban on campaign rally in the state. This is despite the fact that Bamidele’s rally was stopped.

“We have not banned political rally in Ekiti. What we are defending is strict compliance with the provision of Section 99 of the Electoral Act.”

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