The degree of violence, intimidation, and vote-buying that occurred during the governorship elections in the states of Imo, Kogi, and Bayelsa on November 11, 2023, has been denounced by the National Peace Committee, which is chaired by the former head of state, Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar.
“We are not unaware of the glitches recorded during the elections,” the Peace Committee stated in a statement that was made public on Thursday. Regretfully, we have observed that some of the outdated practises persist and that common people still work with dishonest sections of society to obstruct our electoral processes.
“The persistence of the culture of vote-buying, intimidation, and voter apathy, among others are disturbing. A democratic culture will only grow if we participate in cleaning up the process of our elections because, in the end, we are the victims. The corruption of the process will lead to the emergence of corrupt leaders if we collude with merchants of corruption.”
The committee, however, said it was “grateful to all critical stakeholders who worked round the clock to ensure that the elections are free, fair and credible.”
It said, “Our appreciation goes to the staff of INEC, security agencies, traditional rulers, leaders of political parties, non-governmental organisations, civil society groups, the media, and others who ensured the success of the elections in the three states.
“We express our gratitude to voters in the states for defying obstacles and threats by performing their civic duties. We encourage our people to remain resilient and to use our experiences to correct the mistakes in the process of our elections.”
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