Olawale Ibrahim., Lokoja
Ahead of November 16th governorship election in Kogi State, a Non Governmental Organization,Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth & Advancement (YIAGA Africa), has called for a closer collaboration between the Independent National Electoral Commission,(INEC) stakeholders and security agencies to ensure a free, credible and a violence free election in Kogi state
The Director, Watching the Vote, (WTV), YIAGA Africa, Cynthia Mbamalu, who made this call on Wednesday, during a courtesy call on the kogi state council chairman of the Nigeria Union of Journalists in Lokoja, said no Nigerian needs to die in name of election and the security agencies in particular need to ensure security of lives property of citizens.
She explained that the objective of the WTV is to provide timely and accurate information about the election process to voters and stakeholders, to ensure that citizens votes count by deterring fraud and manipulation during the conduct of elections and collation of result and as well build citizens’ confidence in the elections.
She said that YIAGA Africa would be collaborating with INEC, security agencies, the media and other stakeholders to ensure that the violence which allegedly characterized previous elections are reduced to the bearest minimum.
“We shall be monitoring the build up to the election across the state. Identify flash points and work with all stakeholders to ensure that violence during the November governorship election in Kogi state was reduced to the barest minimum.
“We also solicits the cooperation of the media, that is the only way our messages can get to our targeted audience. So we are going to be carrying out more advocacy through the electronics and print media and meeting with stakeholders to create the desired awareness towards a violent free election.
Speaking also, the chairman of the , kogi state council of NUJ, Alhaji Momohjimoh Adeiza, expressed worry over the negative conduct being exhibited by politicians, with just few months to the election.
According to the the chairman the destruction of bill boards of political parties by rival party members, should be checked by the security agents, saying if not check it could lead to wide scale violence.
He commended YIAGA Africa for the steps taken to ensure a free, fair and violent free election in Kogi state, urging them to step up their campaign.