[FILES] Chairman of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Prof. Mahmood Yakubu
With less than 10 days to the Bayelsa and Kogi States gubernatorial elections, stakeholders have continued to harp on the need for violence-free exercise in the two states. A coalition of development association in Kogi State, including Ebira Peoples Association (EPA), Igala Cultural Development Association (ICDA) and Okun Development Association (ODA), has noted the already growing tension over the November 16 gubernatorial poll and appealed to all citizens to cooperate for a peaceful election in the interest of the overall development of the state.
The coalition represented by Presidents of EPA, Dr. Abdulrahman Adeiza, ICDA, Alh Abdulrasaq Sadiq and ODA, Barr Femi Mokikan; directed all the ethnic nationalities to sheath their sword and take up the chorus of peace and unity.
This is just as the leadership of Peoples Democratic Party Youth Network (PDPYN) in Bayelsa State urged caution in the deployment of the military for the elections.PDPYN Secretary General, Comrade James Oputin, regretted that in recent past soldiers displayed bias by providing cover to some interested parties, especially during the last elections.