Gov. Udom Orders Closure of Inter-state Movement on Saturday – The Governor of Akwa Ibom State, Deac. Udom Emmanuel has ordered the closure of borders to avoid inter-state movement on Saturday, October 31, 2020, ahead of local government elections in the state.
Dr Emmanuel Ekuwem, the Secretary to Akwa Ibom State Government announced this in a statement made available to newsmen in Uyo Wednesday night, however, noted that the subsisting state-wide daily curfew of 8 pm to 7 am was still in force till further notice.
He said, “In compliance with the Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria 1999(as amended) the Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC) will conduct elections on 31st October 2020 as earlier announced.
“In order to ensure a free, fair, credible and peaceful conduct of elections into the 31 Local Government Councils of Akwa Ibom State, the Governor of Akwa Ibom State, His Excellency Mr Udom Emmanuel, has directed as follows: That all Inter-state border leading into Akwa Ibom State, be closed from 7 am to 2 pm on Saturday, 31st October 2020. “All human and vehicular movements be restricted from 7 am to 2 pm on Saturday 31st October 2020. The subsisting state-wide daily curfew of 8 pm to 7 am is still in force till further notice”
However, the Dr Ekuwem noted that those on essential duties, like, medical personnels, electoral officials, election observers, and accredited journalists are exempted from the movement restrictions.
When is Local Government Elections in Akwa Ibom State?
The local government councils elections in Akwa Ibom State is scheduled in hold on the 31st October, 2020. the date for the Local government election was approved by Akwa Ibom State Independent Electoral Commission (AKISIEC). Nine political parties in the state are to contest for the LG polls.
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The acting chairman of the All Progressive Congress (APC) Dr Ita Udosen, had announced that APC will not contest in the 2020 local government election in Akwa Ibom State because the electoral body is already corrupt, loyal to the state governor and the state’s ruling party, PDP.