A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Sokoto - Professor Ibrahim Gambari, Founder of the Savannah Centre for Diplomacy Democracy and Development and Coordinator of the Council of the Wise, on Thursday canvassed peaceful and credible general elections.
Gambari made the call during a courtesy visit to Gov. Aliyu Wamakko of Sokoto State in Sokoto.
"We need credible elections whose outcome will reflect the wish of the people. All efforts must be made to conduct free, fair and credible elections," he said.
He urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to be impartial and fulfil its constitutional duty in the conduct of the general elections.
Gambari stressed the need for politicians, civil society organisations and other critical stakeholders to play their roles in ensuring violence-free elections.
He advised politicians to avoid hate speeches that cause problems.
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The coordinator said the international community was watching events in respect of the general elections as they unfolded in the country.
Gambari said former leaders had roles to play in ensuring peace and called on them to concentrate on issues that would unite rather than divide the country.
"We must collectively work to ensure a peaceful Nigeria," he said.
In a remark, Wamakko noted that politicians used hate speeches in achieving their selfish aims.
He said the interest of the country was paramount.
"On my part, I always work for peace. That is why Sokoto state has remained one of the peaceful states in the country.
"Many politicians have been working to cause confusion in the state but as a leader, I have always taken steps to ensure that peace prevails at the end of the day," he said.
The Council of the Wise was set up by the Savannah Centre, an NGO, to contribute to peaceful and acceptable elections in Nigeria.