The Ekiti State wing of The Progressive Youths, TPY, has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure the June 21 governorship election in the state was free and fair.
The group made this known in a press statement jointly signed by its president, Lawal Adegoke-Bamayi and the Director of Media, Information and Strategies, Mr. Femi Awojobi and made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, the Ekiti State capital on Saturday.
While noting that the burden of electing the most credible candidate rested on the people, TPY stressed that “the electoral empire has a major role to play especially by being neutral and given every party a level playing ground for the people to vote”.
“Once the INEC is being seen as being biased, people will lose confidence in it and may decide to take law into their hands and the resultant effect of such development may jeopardise the already tensed political atmosphere in the state and Nigeria as a whole”, the TPY warned.
Expressing shock over the must-win-at-all-cost being displayed by some of the gubernatorial candidates, the group also urged the electorate to vote a dynamic, progressive and genuine political Institution that will bring rapid developments to the state.
“We have been hearing promises in the past but the performance have not been commensurate with such empty promises, except maladministration, poverty, impunity, intimidation, looting and arrongance of the highest order.
“Hence the need for the electorate to be sure of the characters and antecedents of the person they wanted to vote for”, it added.
National Broadcast: PDP Slams Buhari Over ‘Disappointing, Empty’ Speech – PDP
Recall that Buhari in his speech called for an end to the protest, adding that his government had already accepted and started implementing demands of the protesters.
He, however, failed to acknowledge the shooting of protesters by soldiers of the Nigerian Army at the Lekki Toll Gate on Tuesday night.
Reacting in a statement on Thursday night by its spokesperson, Kola Ologbodinyan, the PDP said Buhari’s address was depressing and failed empathy test.
The party appealed to Nigerians, particularly the youth, to remain calm and allow a return to normal life in the collective quest for peaceful co-existence in the overall interest of the nation.
PDP Asks Buhari To Stop Killing Of #EndSARS Protesters Across Nigeria
This was contained in a statement titled “EndSARS- Lekki Massacre,” signed by the PDP National Publicity Secretary, Kola Ologbondiyan, late on Tuesday.
Ologbodiyan said, “The Peoples Democratic Party, condemns in very strong terms, the killing of peaceful protesters at the Lekki Toll Gate in Lagos as well as other parts of our country.
“It is shocking that security agents and, in some cases, thugs, were reportedly deployed to end the lives of promising Nigerians. This, to say the least, is saddening.
“Those responsible for the heinous murder of the innocent and harmless Nigerians must account for their nefarious acts.
“The PDP calls on President Muhammadu Buhari to immediately direct an end to these wanton killings across our nation.
#EndSARS: Gov Bello Warns Protesters Against Overthrowing Buhari
He stated this during an interview with Africa Independent Television AIT on Monday night.
Bello called on his fellow state governors to tack charge in their respective states so as to prevent loss of lives and properties due to attacks by hoodlums.
He, however, warned Nigerian youths to resist the temptation of using the current situation in the country to seek an undemocratic change in leadership.
The Governor warned that those interested in the presidency must wait till 2023 and go through democratic processes.
He urged the protesting youths to leave the streets and embrace dialogue.
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