NOVEMBER 11TH 2023 GOVERNORSHIP ELECTION IN KOGI STATE IS HERE, LET THE BALLOT DETERMINE THE RESULTS
As the governorship election get nearer and all is set for a free and fair election we belief, we have observed the level of preparation of INEC, the Political Party and their candidates, various media reports, the interventions and complimentary role of Civil Society Organizations (CSOs).
We have also noticed the arrival of various Security Personnel, we call various security agents, deployed to Kogi State for the purpose of November 11th Governorship election to be professional, humane and diligent in their duties and maintain absolute neutrality in their conduct, before, during and post-election activities.
We urge INEC been the umpired in this whole exercise to live up to expectation of the people and abide by their own promises, that the election shall be free, fair and acceptable. We demand that materials be made available on time to various polling Units and provide backup of both human and equipment.
We call on the electorates to come out and vote peacefully and don’t allow themselves to be intimidated by anybody, as voting on election day is both right and responsibility.
We urge all candidates, participating political parties and their supporters across board to play according to the rules as election a game of contests and a winner shall emerged. All participants cannot win the same time. But their participation will add value to the whole process.
We call on the Media to be professional in their conduct and reportage and to restrain themselves from sensationalism.
We urge all stakeholders, especially the security agents to take note of the following Local Government Areas as flash point and trigger zones based on our own assessment:
Western Senatorial District:
Ijumu LGA and Kogi Konton-Karfe LGA
Central Senatorial District:
Okene LGA, Okehi LGA and Ajaokuta LGA
Eastern Senatorial District:
Dekina LGA, Idah LGA, Ankpa LGA, Igalamela/Odolu LGA, Ofu LGA
We should all remember that election is about Ballot and not Bullet.
Idris Miliki Abdul
Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR),
Lokoja, Kogi State.