Supporters ride in a campaign bus of leading opposition All Progressive Congress (APC) presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari and his running mate Yemi Osinbajo as they drive past a campaign poster of Nigerian President and candidate to his re-elect ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Abuja - The Peoples Democratic Party
(PDP) on Friday said it would embark on a special campaign on non-violence to
sensitise the youths to the need for peace during the elections.
The National Youth Leader of the party, Mr Maibasira Abdullahi, made this known
in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Abuja.
He said that the campaign would be flagged off on Feb. 23 in Lokoja, Kogi.
Abdullahi, who is also the Director of Youth Mobilisation, PDP Presidential
Campaign Organisation, explained that the campaign would be nationwide and was
being organised by the youth wing of the party.
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He said that the exercise was designed to educate people, particularly youths,
on the need to eschew violence during elections.
He said that the campaign was borne out the need to make the public to
understand the impact of hate-speech by politicians on their followers.
"What leaders say and do go a long way in influencing their followers.
"The essence of this is to ensure that the message of non-violence election
gets to the youths at the grassroots,’’ he said.
"Change is a permanent feature of life; while others may be advocating for
change, be it gradual or radical, we, as a party have already started it,’’
He said the youths of the party had organised other sensitisation sessions ‘’in
form of town hall meetings in Cross River, Sokoto, Ondo, Minna and Lagos’’.