By Olaowale Ibrahim, Lokoja
A Lokoja based human rights activist and Executive Director, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution, Comrade Idris Abdul has advised all political actors in November governorship in Kogi State to shun any form of corrupt and sharp practices that may vitiate the electoral processes.
Abdul who gave this advice while speaking at a one-day review meeting for media and CSOS on Anti-corruption, Transparency and Accountability in Election organised by the Conscience for Human Human Rights and Conflict Resolution(CHRCR ) in partnership with Shehu Musa Yar’adua Foundation in Lokoja at weekend.
He explained that curbing corruption in an election environment is very imperative with a view to making the governorship election credible, free and fair come November 16th,2019
The Activist noted there was corruption in all the primaries conducted in the State, hence there is need for the stakeholder to re-strategize and avoid corrupt tendencies.
He advised the Electoral Management Body, the INEC that under no circumstances should it register Political Party Observers to participate, stressing that it was shocking when people went to Business Centres to print Tags and called themselves Political Party Observers.
He highlighted some of flashpoints such as in Kabba/Bunu, Ijumu, Bassa Dekina, Ofu Ibaji, Lokoja Okehi Okene areas of the state, saying adequate security architecture must be put in place to ensure violence-free election in the aforementioned local government areas of the state
According to the recent flooding in nine local government areas that may like affect people’s participation in the forthcoming gubernatorial election, most of affected persons may not be able to return to their homes during the election even if the water has receded.
Abdul, therefore, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to as matter of urgency to consider the victims who are eligible to vote in the coming governorship election in Kogi state.
The Resider Electoral State Commissioner REC, Professor James who attend the programmes, commended the Executive Director for his concerns raised, adding that INEC has put in place measure to ensure that every eligible voters are not disenfranchised during the election.