Presidency sues for peace as Gubernatorial election approaches

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By Timothy Choji, Abuja

Following the successful conclusion of the Presidential and National Assembly elections, the Senior Special Assistant to the President on National Assembly matters, Ita Enang has sued for calm, ahead of next Saturday’s Gubernatorial and State Assembly elections.

Enang, who spoke to State House Correspondents on Thursday, advised those vying for one position or the other, to be mindful of their words in order not to overheat the polity.

“For the next election we are going in for next week March 9, as a party and as a government, we should look at the areas that need attention and the pitfalls and address them, so that there will be peaceful elections.

I will advice that all those campaigning; the Governorship and Houses of assembly candidates should measure their campaign words in order to maintain peace better than what was obtained during the Presidential and National Assembly elections. This election is closer to the people, closer to the grassroots and tempers are likely to be higher so they should measure their campaign actions and speeches,” he said.

Enabling environment for voters

Similarly, the Presidential aide urged security agencies in the country to maintain the tempo as they did during the last election, to provide the enabling environment for voters.

“The security agencies did well and they should maintain the tempo so that their neutrality would be sustained. The Police, the Army and all other security agencies should raise their game, so that the credulity that has been given to the just concluded election by the monitors and the international community would be sustained,” Enang stated.

He also called on the opposition party, the People’s Democratic Party PDP, to exercise restraint and adopt the appropriate constitutional means of addressing their grievances if any.

He congratulated President Muhammadu Buahri and Vice President Yemi Osinbajo, for emerging victorious in last Saturday’s election.

 

Lateefah Ibrahim