Minority Leader in the Senate, George Akume, has appealed to Nigerians not to allow ongoing general elections to cause disaffection among them. Akume made the appeal on Monday in Makurdi, Benue, shortly after a meeting of political leaders in the state with the Resident Electoral Commissioner, Prof Istifinus Dafwang. Other leaders in the meeting were Gov. Gabriel Suswam, Sen. Barnabas Gemade, Dr Samuel Ortom and Mr Terhemen Tarzoor.
Akume urged candidates in the elections to be ready to accept the outcome as announced by Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the interest of state. He regretted that the state has spilled much blood over politics, and stressed that politics ‘’must not be a do-or- die affair”. “We have all agreed that as brothers, we will all accept the outcome of the polls regardless of where the pendulum swings.
“Over the years, we have had too many election violence in the state and we lost a lot from the process. “Election should not divide us as a people; it is a process by which the people elect their leaders and nothing more; it is not a do-or-die affair,” he said. Akume urged the people to be calm and allow INEC time to announce the elections results. Also speaking, Gov Gabriel Suswam commended the people of the state for the peaceful conduct of the polls and urged them to accept the results in good faith.