Ogun lawmaker backs deployment of soldiers for polls

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The Senator representing Ogun East in the National Assembly, Adegbenga Kaka, has expressed support for deployment of soldiers for elections.

He, however, advised them not to go beyond their mandate of providing support in case of disturbance.

Kaka said the soldiers that would be deployed would complement the shortfall in the number of policemen that would provide security during the polls scheduled for March 28 and April 1, 2015.

The lawmaker said this while speaking with journalists shortly after inaugurating blocks of classrooms and staff rooms he built at the Moslem Primary School, Terelu-Imobi, in the Ijebu-East Local Government Area of the state.

Kaka explained that since the soldiers too were Nigerians who had wives and children, they would not do anything that would put other people’s lives in danger.

The lawmaker, who is seeking re-election on the platform of the Social Democratic Party, said Nigerians should not entertain fear over the deployment of soldiers.

He said, “Soldiers are Nigerians. The suffering we are encountering, they are not immune to it. It is touching everybody. Poverty doesn’t discriminate among soldiers, policemen, doctors, nurses and market women.

“We know that the number of policemen we are having is inadequate, let the soldiers be deployed provided they do not go beyond their mandate of providing support in case of any disturbance.

“So we don’t have problem. Soldiers are not to conduct elections, they are not to scare people away, but they can patrol the road and ensure we have sanity. People should not panic about soldiers; they are our representatives.”

He also warned the Independent National Electoral Commission against giving consideration to pleas by some sections of the society for the usage of the Temporary Voter Cards instead of the Permanent Voter Cards during the polls.

He said granting such requests could result in chaos in the country.

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