Ondo 2020: Group Condemns Election Related Crisis in Akoko
Vote Not Fight(VNF), a campaign group which seeks to promote peaceful participation of Ondo youths in the forthcoming gubernatorial election in Ondo State has condemned yesterday’s election related crisis in Oba- Akoko, Ondo State.
The Executive Director of The Pacesetters who doubles as the Coordinator of the VNF campaign in Ondo State, Jonathan Obatola, made this known during a courtesy visit to the Commissioner of Police, Bolaji Salami briefly after reports of the ugly occurrence filtered in on the social media.
According to Obatola, “the election related crisis happening in Akoko is quite sad. It is more sad because the perpetrators are young people. This is not good for our society. Electoral violence affects the entire credibility of the democratic system and impact negatively in democratic activities. Such act influences low turnout of voters in an electoral process,”
While calling on the Police to rise up to the occasion, Obatola disclosed that reports from the Local Government Coordinators of the VNF Campaign suggests the inability of the Nigerian Police to prosecute electoral offenders in the past further encouraged youth participation in electoral violence.
While endorsing the Vote Not Fight Campaign, the Commissioner of Police, CP Bolaji Salami assured the group of unprecedented policing that will be fair to all political parties without any form of bias in the discharge of their responsibilities before, during and after the election day.
Earlier, the Deputy Commissioner of Police in charge of Operations, Monday Bala Kuryas, who represented the CP in a meeting with the group also frowned at the fracas in Akoko.
He called on Ondo youths to emulate the Vote Not Fight Campaigners in getting involved in peace building and must not allow politicians to use them as perpetrators of electoral violence.
The DCP also disclosed that Ondo State Command have over 5000 trained men on ground and over 10000 men will be mobilized from Abuja to ensure a peaceful atmosphere during the election.