The Police have explained why Governors, including Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State were restricted to their hotels prior to voting day.

Wike had attempted to draw attention to himself Friday night, saying more than 300 policemen had laid seige on the hotel where he and other PDP Governors had checked in.

INEC and the security officials apparently bent on organizing a hitch free exercise however kept mute in the face of the Governor’s allegations.

Speaking on Politics Today, a Channels Television political programme, Garba Umar, a Commissioner of Police engaged in the monitoring of security related matters alluded that claims peddled by some well placed persons about the role of the police were obviously misleading.

Police Commissioner Garba Umar

He said a curfew had been imposed by security agents in order to ensure that persons who had nothing to do directly with the elections were prevented from interfering with the process.

According to him, nobody no matter how high’y placed, was above the law  intended to guarantee peaceful and transparent elections.

He said now that collation has started, no one except those who ought to be at the collation points would be allowed to get anywhere close.

The curfew which put Wike and other big wigs out of circulation was lifted at 6pm Saturday after voting ended, with Umar saying that Governors and others restrained earlier were now free to go about their normal businesses.

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Meanwhile, reports say that despite skirmishes reported in some areas, the election held in Edo State by INEC has been largely free and fair.

A Professor, Isaac Obasi whose interest in the election was centered around the behavior of persons who participated in the exercise commended the Edo people.

“We appreciate the conduct of the Edo people”, the Professor said, stressing that expectations of a good result from the gubernatorial elections could be put at 85%.

Governor Wike has similarly hailed the election, saying there are strong indications that it has been transparent.