By Peter Duru
Makurdi—Mdzough U Tiv, an umbrella body of Tiv tribe in Benue State and parts of the country and Inter-Party Advisory Council, IPAC, have appealed to political parties and stakeholders in the state to eschew violence in tomorrow’s rescheduled governorship election in the state.
In statements issued separately in Makurdi by the two groups, Mdzough U Tiv, through its President-General, Chief Edward Ujege, urged youths in the state to observe restraint and ensure that the rescheduled election was held in a peaceful atmosphere devoid of bickering and crisis.
He said: “Our youths should observe restrain and know that there is a beautiful tomorrow for them if they make peace with the present. And to the politicians, we appeal that you give us the opportunity to choose who we want.
“Though, rumours are flying around that security agencies want to get directly involved in the voting process, we don’t want to believe this. Our law enforcement agents are well-trained and have also sworn to keep the tenet of the Nigerian constitution.”
On his part, Benue State IPAC Chairman, Mr. Godwin Odeh, appealed to stakeholders to abide by the rules of the game.
He said: “This includes INEC, political parties, security agencies, electorate and the entire people of the state. This is the time to demonstrate patriotism above selfish interests. We reject undue interference in the democratic process in the state from any quarter whatsoever.
“The people must stand together to ensure that their votes count. We also call on the people of the state to come out in their numbers on Saturday, March 23, to conclude what they started on March 9.”