Youth Advocate For Peace Justice And Empowerment Network (YAPJEN) has asked President Mohammadu Buhari-led Federal Government to reject the idea of militarising the forthcoming November 6 gubernatorial election in Anambra State.
The group also tasked the independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on a peaceful and transparent conduct of the exercise that would reflect the will of the generality of the people.
In a statement by its President, Amb Timothy Nwachukwu, the group noted that Anambra election would be a test run of what Nigerians should expect in 2023.
“We have a credible report that some aspirants are planning to collude with a serving Federal Minister to import soldiers into Anambra State to pave way for the mass rigging of the poll.
“The eyes of Nigerians and the world at large is on INEC to see if they will conduct a poll that will reflect the will of the people. It is therefore imperative for INEC to rid itself of any element that will create a loss of confidence in the electoral system which is the bed rock of democracy,” the group said.
Expressing concerns over prevailing security threats in the State, YAPJEN
however warned that it would be better off for INEC to postpone the polls until normalcy was restored than to militarise the poll and twart the collective will of the electorates.
“The Federal Government should find a political solution to the security threat occasioned by the unknown gunmen as well as address the grievances of the indigenous people of biafra (IPOB) and all those who are threatening to stop the forthcoming Election in Anambra State.
“We also call on political actors to refrain from making inflammatory statements that will overheat the polity, as no political ambition of any man is worth the blood of any other person.
“Anambra youths should rejection every form of inducement to be used as tools for political violence and thuggery,” the statement added.