Sokoto - Dr. Jabbi Kilgori, an APC aspirant to the Sokoto South Senatorial District, on Friday urged Nigerian politicians to play responsible politics for the emergence of good democrtic leaders.
Kilgori told the News Agency of Nigérie (NAN) in Sokoto that it was only by so doing that the wishes of the electorate would become a reality.
"Politics of bitterness and violence should not be allowed if we want to conduct free, fair and acceptable elections."
He said that politicians, especially those seeking elective positions, must not relegate politics to a do or die affair.
Kilgore, who is the state Commissioner for Environment, said that political violence and thuggery posed a great threat to the conduct of an acceptable election.
" Most of us seeking elective offices see the matter as `we must be there by all means', which is not the case if we want to have a durable democracy.
" The use of youths as political thugs to cause havoc during the implementation of electoral processes should not be allowed," he said.
He explained that it was only through peaceful environment that responsible leaders could emerge and ensure good governance.
He called on the electorate to defend their votes by resisting any form of violence during the implementation of the electoral processes.
"We are in a better position to prevent rigging by voting according to our conscience. "
He also advised security agencies to adopt stringent measures to prevent political violence and thuggery.
Kilgori said prompt arrest and prosecution of miscreants would provide a smooth platform for the peaceful conduct of electoral activities.
He appealed to parents to be watchful of their kids, so as not to allow desperate politicians to use them as thugs.