Friday, 17 November 2017

Anambra decides: Masses urge to shun moneybags, violence

By Okechukwu Onuegbu

Youths of Anambra State have been urged to disregard the continuous calls by some members of proscribed Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) to boycott the State governorship election holding tomorrow, Saturday 18 November, 2017 by coming out en-masse to vote candidate of their choice without fear or favour.

Speaking at ‘Vote not war’ campaign town hall meeting organised at Nnewi by Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI), Hon. Uzochukwu Okoye, the Vice President, Ihembosi Town Union in Ekwusigo Local Government Area, explained that the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and the police have assured eligible voters of their readiness to conduct a hitch-free poll.

Okoye, while stressing that the security would be tight during the election, urged people not to develop fear as they would not be intimidated by anybody, even as he adviced youths to shun any act capable of breaching the electoral laws or causing violence at polling units.

He further charged people not to hesitate from reporting any suspicious movements around them with a view to nipping any security threat to the bud before it could affect innocent people trying to exercise their franchise.

Contributing, Mrs Ijeoma Akabueze, the Chief Mobilisation officer, National Orientation Agency (NOA), Nnewi North Local Government Area and Christian Nnoli, a grassroot engager, while pleading on youths to avoid voter apathy, noted that INEC has trained and vowed to provide relevant human and material resources needed to deliver credible free and fair poll.

Akabueze, who identified desperation, hunger and greediness as factors contributing to electoral violence, stressed the need for the candidates, politicians and the masses to play the game according to the rule since leadership ought not to be a do or die affair.

Other stakeholders including Elder Eloka Okafor, Convener Nigerian Youth Decides; Lady Florence Offor of Justice and Peace Development Caritas (JDPC) Catholic Diocese of Nnewi; and Lawson Ojeme, a media guru; hinted that voting was one of the peaceful medium every eligible voter ought to effectively participate to entrench good governance and optimum service delivery in his/her life and environment.

Earlier, Mr Sunday Adaje of YDI, while thanking the various stakeholders and youths for their conduct during throughout their campaign for violence free election in Anambra State, explained that the organisation was meant to promote peaceful election, youthful engagement and participation in election and governance.



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