Insurgency: Governors of Affected States Insist on Elections

Governors of the three North-Eastern states of Adamawa, Borno and Yobe, worst hit by the Boko Haram insurgency, have insisted that elections must hold in their states in February.

The governors, who rose from an emergency security meeting with President Goodluck Jonathan on Tuesday resolved that elections would hold in these areas against fears and apprehensions over the activities of the Boko Haram insurgents.

While speaking to State House correspondents, Ibrahim Geidam, the governor of Yobe State, stressed that the position of the governors on the forthcoming election is the same as that of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC.

“Elections will hold in the states. Elections will hold; that is the position of the electoral commission and definitely all those areas where insurgency exists, elections will hold,” Geidam said while briefing journalists after the meeting with the President.

While adding that the governors have told the president about the need to deploy more troops to these affected states ahead of the general elections in order to ensure the safety of lives and properties, Geidam said the meeting was meant to brief the president on the security challenges confronting the three states.

“We have come to brief the president on the security features of our various states. We have come to greet him and we told him the challenges we have been facing. We are appealing to the federal government to deploy more troops in addition to what we have on ground to arrest the situation in our various states,” Geidam added.

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