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Traditional, religious leaders seek credible re-run election in Benue

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Traditional and religious leaders in Benue State have urged politicians and other stakeholders to ensure that the rescheduled governorship election in the state is credible to guarantee peace in the state.

They made the call at a town hall meeting on ‘Promoting Peaceful 2019 General Elections in Nigeria’ organised by the African Centre for Leadership, Strategy and Development (Centre LSD), in collaboration with Christian Aid and START Network, at Hallydays Hotels, Makurdi.

Adire’Igede I of Igede, Ogar Ero, urged all stakeholders, especially politicians, to abide by the culture of peace for development.

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The retired commissioner of police, who was represented by his wife, Esther Ogar, stressed the importance of religious leaders being on the positive and true side of history, while urging them to work towards ensuring that the message of the meeting was conveyed to the appropriate authorities for implementation in the interest of Benue.

“When you imbibe the culture of peace, our society would be peaceful. Therefore, we in Benue State need peace before, during and after the elections and we must be firm,” said the paramount ruler.

Ter Gboko, Chief Gabriel Shoson, said the meeting was apt, because religious leaders played vital role for the success of the 2019 elections.

Similarly, the Association of Practitioners of Community Media in Nigeria (APCOM) has tasked INEC on a peaceful and efficient completion of supplementary elections in some states, by ensuring freedom from intimidation, protection of lives and property, and guarding against all manner of assault on electoral officials.

President of the association, Mr. Dayo Akintobi, said: “The victories of the governors-elect across the respective states are an indication that their communities are interested in the fresh ideas they promised during the electioneering.

“We urge all elected leaders to commit their efforts to sincere actualisation of these plans, promises and manifestos in the next four years of their leading the sub-national institutions and offices.”

APCOM, in a statement signed by its public relations officer, Yomi Durojaiye, reiterated that “it is in the interest of the nation” for INEC to ensure a free and fair supplementary elections in Adamawa, Kano, Benue, Plateau, Sokoto and Bauchi states scheduled for March 23.


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