EDDY OCHIGBO, Kaduna
The youth wing of the Southern Kaduna Peoples Union (SOKAPU) has called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), to ensure that the next Saturday’s State Assembly election rerun in Kagarko and Sanga constituencies of the state, is fair, credible and hitch-free.
A statement signed by the National Co-ordinator of the youth wing of the union, Mr Nasiru Jagaba – made available to NATIONAL ACCORD during the week – while frowning against thuggery and violence, revealed that “in compliance with the order of the appellate court that sat in Kaduna on the 19th November 2019, INEC has concluded plans for the rerun in two constituencies of Kagarko and Sanga Local Government Areas of the state.
“As we all know, attention of all political stakeholders has shifted the two state constituencies. May I use this medium to remind the Southern Kaduna people that the candidates from both APC and PDP are all from the same senatorial district. Hence the need for us to conduct ourselves in a mature manner, as we play by the rules of the game, and most importantly, we must be cautious of all the political maneuvers that could sow the seed of discord among us -the electorate”, Jagaba stated.
He called on INEC to stick to its mandate of conducting a free, fair and credible election that would reflect the will of the people, adding that “we take this rerun very seriously and the security agencies should take note of alleged plans by some desperate politicians who want to invite political thugs from outside the two constituencies with the aim of disrupting the exercise when it becomes obvious that it wouldn’t favour them.
The God fearing people of Southern Kaduna, the national co-ordinator said, have no history of political hooliganism or violence during elections, stressing that the union would not support any from thuggery from any quarters.
He summed up: “For the purpose of peace, we implore the security agencies to deploy prompt measures that should checkmate the inflow of thugs before, during and on the elections day. We also advise that anyone who is not from the concerned constituencies and has no business with the election to please stay away”.