By Gabriel Enogholase
The National Association for Peaceful Elections in Nigeria (NAPEN) in collaboration with, Women Advocates Research and Documentary Centre (WARD-C), have urged political parties and their gubernatorial candidates to impress on their followers to shun any act of violence during and after the election.
Dr. Abiola Akiyode-Afolabi NAPEN Coordinator for Edo and Ondo States made the appeal in Benin yesterday while speaking at a stakeholders meeting on mitigating and prevention of electoral violence during the ongoing governorship campaign.
Noting the increasing spate of violence during elections in the country, she called on political parties and the people of Edo State to be agents of peace during the election.
“We urge all stakeholders and the good people of Edo state to go out and exercise their fundamental rights by engaging the election in a very peaceful and calm manner. “Any act of violence is anathema to peaceful coexistence and militates against the consolidation of democracy. The political situation Edo State before now is filled with uncertainty and various threats and violent incidences; hence everybody is apprehensive of what to come during the election.