Sunday, 17 September 2017

Anambra 2017: entertainers, others launch voters education

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As Anambra November 18 gubernatorial poll draws nearer, Nigeria’s popular hip hop artiste, Innocent Idibia known as 2 Face Idibia has inaugurated “Vote Not Fight” campaign to promote peaceful and non-violent governorship poll.

The initiative is collaboration by the 2Face Idibia Foundation, Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI) and Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA).

The collaboration also involved Centre for Ethics and YOUTH Development (CEYD), Gender Perspective and Social Development Centre (GPSDC) and Integrity Youth Development Initiative (IYDI).

Speaking to newsmen in Awka, 2Face Idibia harped on the need for all to work together to prevent needless loss of lives before, during and after the Nov. 18 governorship election in the state.

“Since 2015, I and the partner organisations on the Vote Not Fight campaign have worked tirelessly to increase youth participation in our country’s election. I call on youth of Anambra to ensure that they go out and vote for the candidates of their choice. The legitimacy of government is dependent on peaceful, free, fair and credible elections.

“Even if Biafra is granted today, you still need peace for elections to hold. We have to go out, show maturity and vote responsibly. We have to monitor and engage our leaders. I encourage our youths to join political parties of their choice and grow to help make informed decisions,” he stated.

Idibia urged political parties and candidates to utilise established legal avenues if they have concerns about the election.

He further urged traditional and religious rulers, elder statesmen as well as youth and women groups to join the campaign against violent election and rather play by the rules.

In his remark, the Executive Director of Yougstars Foundation, Mr Kingsley Bangwell disclosed that some Anambra-based youth groups have been trained on non-violent election advocacy and voter education skills to ensure effective campaigns.

Bangwell said the youth acquired training on advocacy skills to enable them organise their communities for peaceful participation in the governorship election.

Earlier, the state chairman of Peoples Progressives Alliance (PPA), Mr Mathias Ameke while commending 2Face for taking the bold step to promote peaceful elections, stressed on the need to follow the rule of law.

“Young people are key to nationhood and until they are led to the right path, they may continue to deviate.

“They must be taught that elections are not do-or-die, and taught to develop spirit of sportsmanship,” he said.

The artiste and the campaign team later had meetings with some governorship candidates including, Mr. Oseloka Obaze of PDP and Gov. Willie Obiano of APGA to endorse the “Vote Not Fight” campaign.



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