2019 elections: Media group charges politicians on peaceful conduct

Electorates

Ahead of Saturday polls, the Muslim Media  Watch Group of Nigeria  (MMWGN) haves enjoined political office seekers and stakeholders to comport themselves and avoid acts that could undermine the current initiative at reshaping the nation’s destiny.

Speaking in Abeokuta, the Ogun State capital, the State Co-ordinator of the Group, Alh Kamaldeen Akintunde, decried the spate of violence that has characterised Nigeria’s political system.
Akintunde noted that hooliganism and thuggery at political campaigns undermine participatory democracy,  adding that such acts create voters apathy and disenfranchisement.
According to the  Co-ordinator, the election is not a “war”, but a ‘means to an end’.
He, therefore, enjoined the political class to desist from creating a state of pandemonium and rather abide by democratic norms and values in their genuine quest to serve the people.
Akintunde said that doing so would build confidence and trust in the electorates.
While urging the electorates to put sentiments aside and vote for credible people of their choice, the coordinator charged them to exercise restraint at ‘selling their conscience’ under whatever guise.
Meanwhile, Akintunde identified synergy among stakeholders as key to the realisation of free, fair and credible elections.
This is just as the security operatives were implored to be dutiful and dexterous in the discharge of their duties.
By our correspondent
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