The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday cautioned the people of Ebiraland against political thuggery and violence in the forthcoming 2023 general elections.
Hale Longpet, the resident electoral commissioner (REC) in Kogi, sounded the warning during a courtesy visit to the Ohinoyi of Ebira land, Ado Ibrahim, in his palace in Okene, Kogi.
Mr Longpet, who was on the visit with his management staff, said the 2023 polls were crucial to the growth and development of Nigeria.
“This is why we are in your palace to solicit your assistance as a royal father, to caution your subjects against political thuggery and violence before, during and after the elections,” said Mr Longpet. “It’s no longer news that without peace, there can’t be any progress in whatever one is doing. We should therefore allow peace to prevail in the electioneering campaigns that have kickstarted in earnest.”
The INEC official added, “This very courtesy visit to your royal majesty today is solely to plead with you to talk to your subjects, to eschew violence and all acts that are inimical to achieving free, fair and credible elections in your domain and the state at large.”
Responding, the ruler said the visit was timely, stressing that Ebira people are peace-loving and would not allow themselves to be used by anyone or any group to foment trouble.
Source: Peoples Gazette
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