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CNPP advises INEC

The Conference of Nigeria Political Parties on Sunday challenged the Independent National Electoral Commission and security agencies to ensure that the forthcoming governorship election in Ekiti State is free and fair.

The body also called on Civil Society Organisations, media and election observers “to be extra-vigilant and expose all forms of rigging in other to save Nigeria’s democracy.” It said the outcome of Ekiti election would determine the confidence of voters in the conduct of the 2019 general elections.”

The CNPP, in a statement by its chairman and former governor of old Kaduna State, Alhaji Balarabe Musa, urged politicians in Ekiti State to “play by the rules of the game.”

The CNPP said, “We must remind ourselves that the survival of democracy is vital at this time and for this to happen, all stakeholders must subject themselves to the ultimate will of the electorate.

“Therefore, INEC, the media and all security agencies, as well as election observers for the forthcoming Ekiti State governorship election, must be vigilant.

“We urge the electoral umpire to ensure that the outcome of the Ekiti State election reflects the virtues of fairness, good conscience, rule of law and credibility.

“This will not only boost the confidence of the electorate in the Nigerian electoral process but also elevate the rating of the current leadership of INEC as the country prepares for the 2019 general elections.

“At no time in the history of the country have the young people shown eagerness to fully participate in the electoral process than now. It is the duty of INEC and the security agencies to reassure the voters that their votes are counted and also count in determining who leads them.

“We equally appeal to politicians, especially the candidates in the Ekiti governorship election to play according to the rules and allow the electorate to choose who governs them without intimidation in an atmosphere of peace, devoid of any form of violence.”

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