Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Kogi state, Conscience for Human Rights and Conflict Resolution (CHRCR),
has called on all aspirants and their supporters, political parties and their members to halt pronouncement, hate speeches and utterances that can aggravate electoral crises in the state.
In a statement signed by the executive Director, Comrade Idris Miliki Abdul, and made available to journalists in Lokoja, noted that the early warning signs indicate that there are interal and inter-party rivelry that could lead to electoral conflict which he said could dangerous to the political environment.
The which reads in part said “As we move towards the November 16th governorship election in Kogi state, and the conduct of party primary get closer. It has been observed in recent time in Kogi State, inflammatory statement, utterances through both electronics and print media by politicians of both sides and across board and more importantly on the social media capable of heating up the polity and aggravate electoral violence in the state.
“They should realize that polities is not a do or die affair and all hands must be on deck to facilitate the process that will lead to peaceful conduct of the coming governorship election.
“We call on the security agents particularly the Nigeria Police, to ungently organize meetings with all registered political parties, and other relevant stakeholders that will look into and put machinery in place which will reduce, minimize or outrightly put a stop to utterances, inflammatory statements that could jeopardize the current relative peace ahead of the governorship election.
“We call on the media not to engage in sensational and speculative reportage which may not to allow the politicians across board, to take advantage of progressive and liberal media in Nigeria.
“We equally call on the Non-Governmental Organizations (NGOs) and Civil Society Organisations (CSOs) in general to collaborate and partner with relevant agencies and stakeholders in the task of organising free, fair, peaceful and acceptable governorship election.