Residents of Lagos State have sued for peace as the country prepares for gubernatorial elections across its 36 states.
In a chat with The Renaissance on Thursday, some residents expressed apprehension over what they say may be a repeat of pockets of violence experienced in some parts of the coastal city during the Feb. 23 Presidential election.
Chidi Onu, a trader in Lagos wants the people of Lagos to refrain from politics of bitterness and conduct themselves in a most peaceful manner.
He says the unity of the country should be uppermost in the minds of all.
For Odusanmi Micheal, a free and fair election is paramount.
He wants security personnel to provide adequate security for election personnel and materials.
Halidu Ismail expects things to be normal.
He says notwithstanding the violence in some parts of the State in the run up to the Presidential election, Lagos will remain largely peaceful and will see a successful gubernatorial poll.
Many of the residents of Lagos are in a consensus that a recurrence of the orgy of violence such as experienced in the last Presidential election in some parts of the State must be avoided.
They say politicians and political parties should stop statements and actions capable of inciting the people against one another.
They also want the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to provide a level playing ground for all candidates and ensure that the people’s votes count.
The Renaissance reports that the governorship, house of assembly and the local councils in the Federal Capital Territory elections are scheduled to hold on Saturday, March 9.
By Taiwo Ojedele