By TERYIMA ANDREW-
Following prevailing violence clashes between rival political thuggs in Kogi state over governorship elections in the state, a youth group known as “Middle Belt Youth Forum” on Wednesday cautioned stakeholders in the state to ensure that a peaceful, fair and an acceptable elections is conducted.
“There should be a free and fair election so that the choice of the people will be allowed to prevailed to avoid anything that will bring anarchy and violence in the already tensed state,” the statement warned.
The press statement which was jointly signed in Jos, by the General Secretary, Alaku Dan Kadarko and National Vice President, Ambassador Mamot Adams charged security operatives in Kogi state not to involve in the process of destabilizing polls.
The press statement however appealed to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Security Operative and other critical stakeholders in the election to ensure that they discharge their duties with utmost sense of responsibility; and to be just to all partys.
The group also tasked the electorates, and candidates of political parties contesting the election to ensure a peaceful process.
“Democracy can only be revigorated when the will of the people is made to prevail,” they said.
According to the statement, Kogi State which has boundary with many other Western and Southern states, if they allow violence ignite in the state, it can spread to other parts of the country.
The forum stressed that all eyes are on the Kogi elections, adding that “whatever happen in the state is keenly observed by all Nigerians, therefore, the votes of the electorates should count.”