Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has raised an alarm of thugs being prepared to involve violence in the governorship elections.
The election was scheduled to take place November in Kogi and Bayelsa States.

INEC's chairman Yakubu Mahmood Speaking at the quarterly meeting of the inter-agency consultative committee on election security (ICCES) in Abuja said the risk assessment will be shared with security agencies at some flash points

Yakubu Mahmood said:
There are already signals in the two State which are politically volatile.
Our own risk assessment which will be shared with the security agencies at this meeting has identified some flash points.
We are also concerned that thugs have been mobilised from within and outside the states with the aim of either influencing the elections or disrupting the process on behalf of partisan sponsors.
This calls for a robust response before the elections, on election day also during the process of collation and declaration of results.

Since last seven months, we have been working assiduously to ensure that we conduct credible elections.
We cannot undermine the processes we have so laboriously established.

Security agencies have assured us that on the election day activities at polling units and collation centres will not be disrupted by the activities of hoodlums, neither will thugs be allowed to cart away results sheets or compel our returning officers to make declarations under duress.
We Equally reassured that security personnel will adhere strictly to the standard operational guidelines and deal decisively with misconduct by their personnel on election duty.