The Kwara Progressive Media Organization, KPMO, has asked politicians, particularly those in the State’s opposition parties, to play politics with decorum in order to maintain democracy and to protect Kwarans’ lives and property in the run-up to the general elections in 2023.
The FidelinfoNews gathered this was contained in a statement issued by its convener, Usman Lade, he urged the opposition parties in the State to emulate the virtues of the Chief Executive Officer and the Governor of the State, Mallam Abdulrahman Abdulrazaq who has proven over time to be an advocate of peace, unity and political decorum.
Recently, in a viral video, Dr. Bukola Saraki who is the Leader of the Kwara State People’s Democratic Party, PDP was seen instructing his followers to adopt propaganda against the Government of the day, an uncivilized act not expected from a former Governor of the state and senate President of the Federal Republic of Nigeria.
Politicians like Sen Bukola Saraki and their followers must be mindful of the acts and utterances they make, especially in the media and public places so as not to set the stage on fire.
“Campaigns should be issues-based. Political parties don’t have to engage in a campaign of propaganda, deceit, and blackmail. We urge candidates, political leaders, followers, and the general public to be civil and peaceful in their activities and also imbibe the duty of verifying information before escalating”
“We also want to place all the security agencies on alert as to the activities of politicians in the state. There should no sacred cow, anybody found culpable of inciting members of the public should be arrested and made to face the law.
“We also appeal to the teeming youth I’m in the state not to allow any politician or individual who use them to disrupt the peace of the state. Every son and daughter of the state should resist any attempt by anyone to destroy Kwara State,” the statement read.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) has said that it will be difficult to rig the 2023 elections.
reports that Nigeria has a history of dodgy elections, and as it is preparing for next year’s poll, many electorates and opposition politicians are concerned about its credibility.
Chairman, INEC, Prof Mahmood Yakubu, while delivering a keynote address at a stakeholders’ conference on election result management in Abuja on Friday said the commission has increased transparency in the election result management process in Nigeria.
The event was put together by YIAGA Africa, a civil society organisation (CSO).
“I can confidently say that the days of wanton manipulation of election results are clearly over,” Prof. Yakubu said.
“Yet, we are not resting on our hoarse knowing that we must remain several steps ahead of those who seek to undermine the system and there are many bad guys in the field trying to undermine the system, but we stand for electoral justice.
“We will make sure that the votes cast by Nigerians are protected and the only determinant of who becomes what in our democracy.
“The importance of IReV to transparency and result management is obvious.”
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has denied speculations that Sokoto State Governor Aminu Tambuwal has resigned his position as the Chairman of the PDP Governors Forum.
Speculations have been rife since the resignation of the Chairman Board of Trustee (BoT), Senator Walid Jibrin.
But reacting to enquiries from journalists, National Publicity Secretary of the party, Debo Ologunagba said it was not true that Tambuwal has resigned.
Meanwhile, in a communique after the National Executive Committee (NEC) meeting, the party said
“NEC approved a unified campaign structure across the country for the PDP for the 2023 general elections which will focus more on the grass root.
“NEC approved the proposed structure and organogram of the National Campaign Council as well as the National Campaign Management Council for the 2023 general elections. NEC also approved the Structures for Campaign Councils at the states, local government, ward and unit levels.”
However, the names of those manning the positions will be made known in due time, the party spokesman said
The Oyo State Governor, Seyi Makinde, has emerged as the new Chairman of Peoples Democratic Party Governors’ Forum.
Makinde emerged as the new chairman few minutes after the former chairman, Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State resigns from the position.
In 2019, the Peoples Democratic Party candidate, Mr Seyi Makinde, emerged winner of governorship election in Oyo state.