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Violence denounced ahead of Rivers polls

23 February 2016, 18:09

Abuja - Chairman of the Rivers State Inter Party Advisory Council (IPAC), Felix Obuah, has urged political parties to embrace peace amid preparations for State and National Assemblies re-run elections.

The polls are set for March 19.

Obuah, who is also Rivers chairman of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), said campaigns must be carried in a manner devoid of bitterness and character assassinations.

Obuah urged all the parties and their candidates to shun the use of abusive and derogatory language while carrying out their electioneering campaigns.

Also read: Violence alleged ahead of Bayelsa, Kogi polls

“It is in the best interest of the people of the state for political parties and their supporters to shun campaigns of calumny. It will be unpatriotic to do anything that will truncate the peaceful conduct of the forthcoming elections,” said Obuah.

He advised the contestants not to engage in unsavoury and unethical conduct.

“Parties and their candidates should strive to sell their manifestoes to the electorate and allow them vote candidates of their choice during the elections.”

The IPAC Chairman further called on the police and other security agencies as well as the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to take proactive steps ensure peace.

Rivers is seen as a hotspot owing to tensions between rival parties.

Violence marred the run-up to last year’s polls.



- CAJ News


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