Ahead of the Imo State governorship election, the National Orientation Agency has charged relevant stakeholders to promote peace and support the agency’s mission to mobilise the electorate and ensure free and fair elections during the off-season polls.
Director-General of NOA, Garba Abari, who made the call, while flagging off the agency’s off-season governorship polls sensitization campaign on the new Electoral Act, civic participation, and peaceful election in Owerri, said the level of violence, manipulations, and desperation exhibited during elections have generally given democracy a bad name, and all of us as Nigerians have a duty to put a stop to that.
Abari was concerned about the comparatively low voter participation despite what seemed to be Nigerians’ enthusiasm for the 2023 general election.
Also speaking, the Imo State Director of the agency, Mrs Maureen Oparaji, said the purpose of the gathering was to increase people’s participation in the forthcoming election through sensitisation and engagement of stakeholders.
Oparaji further said residents have a role to play in ensuring that the level of awareness of voters about this coming election is high and peaceful. She said that peaceful elections are the key to the credibility of election outcomes, while credible leaders emerge when elections are peaceful and orderly.