The Governor of Yobe state and Chairman of the All Progressives Congress Caretaker/Extraordinary National convention committee Hon. Mai Mala Buni has appealed to electorates in Edo state to support the conduct of the peaceful election and avoid issues that are inimical to peace in the Saturday polls.
He said APC had earlier directed its supporters to shun violence and any activity that contravenes the provisions of the electoral law.
“I urge APC supporters including those from opposition parties to support the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct a fair, credible and acceptable election.
“The people of Edo state should be allowed to elect a leader of their choice and, the people’s wish should be respected.
“We are optimistic that the security agencies would check the excesses of trouble makers, protect the electorates and their votes,” Buni said.
According to the chairman, INEC had in the last few years made remarkable achievements in organizing free, fair and credible elections.
“It should be supported and encouraged to improve on these achievements and that is how our democracy would grow, but not through violence.”
He urged party leaders to refrain from making inciting and inflammatory statements capable of breaching the peace “as leaders, we should avoid statements capable of overheating the polity and creating tension. No responsible leadership should preach violence”.
Buni admonishes the youth to resist those preaching violence, saying, “your future lies in a peaceful election and purposeful leadership, the advocates of violence do not wish you good and have no programmes for your future, you should therefore distance yourselves away from them”.