In an effort to ensure free, fair, credible and peaceful election in what has been described as the political hot spots of the current general election, the INEC chairman, prof. Jega has appealed for peace. The chairman described the state as having the highest incident of electoral violence during the presidential election.
According to Jega, ‘we witnessed highest incident of violence and burning of INEC offices in Benue state. The level of disruption of the electoral process witnessed in Benue state is not comparable to any other that we have seen in the last election. That is why I feel the need to come here to appeal to stakeholders for peace. Close to 200 card readers were destroyed in one local government alone, but I have come with more card readers.
Before the chairman’s address, the state REC Prof Istifanus Dafwang had expressed doubt as the determination of the parties to hold a violence free election. According to him, ‘we don’t know what will happen this Saturday. The REC blamed the government for the spate of violence during the last presidential election as he said the people have lost faith in government. There are speculations that the political parties have recruited thugs in preparation for the Saturday’s elections.
“To fear the world US has led for the better part of a century, abandon the ideals we have advanced around the globe and refuse the obligations of international leadership… for the sake of some half-baked, spurious nationalism cooked up by people who would rather find scapegoats than solving problems is unpatriotic. “
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