Benin Elders Urge lNEC, Security Agencies To Be Neutral To Ensure Free Elections

lduozee Paul, Benin The Committee of Benin Elders, a body made up of professionals and intellectuals has urged the Independent National Electoral

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lduozee Paul, Benin

The Committee of Benin Elders, a body made up of professionals and intellectuals has urged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and all other security agencies to be neutral, and fair to all parties, in order to ensure free and fair elections.

The group in a statement issued at a press conference in Benin city said current issues going on in the country prompted it to lend its voice to comments on the burning matter ravaging the nation. The Committee expressed dismay over what Nigerians are witnessing at present and called for urgent solutions to remedy it before the general polls.

 Chairman of the committee of Benin Elders, Prof. Emmanuel Emovon said they had been watching happenings in the political arena and what they observed is very sad. Prof. Emmanuel Emovon who was former Minister of Science and Technology, said the group is not political but an elders committee who advise politicians about things that are going on in the country.

A press release read by the assistant secretary to the committee,  Major General C. Omoregie stated as follows:

 “The Committee of Benin Elders has observed with concern the tension generated from acrimonious campaign speeches and activities by various political parties, which if left unchecked can lead to breakdown of law and order. The committee deliberated on this and decided to call on all stakeholders to ensure that the elections are peaceful, free and fair.

“We call on INEC and all security agencies to be neutral and fair to all parties. We also call on all citizens of Edo State and residents to conduct themselves peacefully and vote for candidates of their choice. We advise all our people to reject monetary inducement in any form. We want to use this medium to specially plead with the youths, not to allow themselves to be used to perpetrate violence or cause any mayhem during the period.

“We are confident that our people will heed this clarion call and pray to God to grant us peaceful and successful polls.”

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