Kano elders, under the platform, Kano Concerned Citizens Initiative, KCCI, have called on citizens, especially youths in the state to eschew violence and embrace peace in the coming supplementary elections in the state.
The election scheduled for this coming Saturday will be conducted in 234 polling units across the 30 affected local government areas in the state. It will take place 88 registration areas (wards) involving the 141, 694 cancelled votes during the main election held on the 9th March.
Chairman of the group, Bashiru Tofa at a Media briefing held at the Press Centre in Kano state north western Nigeria on Monday said KCCI is disturbed by the rising tension and seeming discord manifesting in Kano since the collation of the March 9th election results which culminated in INEC declaring it inconclusive.
“The youths need to wake up to the reality that it is their future which KCCI and every well-meaning person in Kano is trying to nurture and secure. Thus, they should eschew and stay away from violence in cahoots with anybody as we cannot afford to let the polity overheat,” stressed Tofa.
He said the elders will do everything possible to protect and prevent Kano and kanawa and never allow the state to burn on account of ordinate ambition of an individual.
The elder states man implored INEC to deploy all necessary human and material resources to make the re-run election free and fair.
He call on political leaders to desist from unguarded utterances capable of inflaming passion, which could trigger violence.
The Chairman appealed to security operatives to remain at alert from now until the formal declaration of the rerun election results and after.
“Security operatives must be seen to be upright and above board and completely non-partisan. They have done well during the previous elections but the rerun exercise may yet prove to be more arduous and daunting,” emphasized Tofa.
He equally called on security operatives to prevent people from coming in to participate in the re-election.
The re-run election slated for 23, March, 2019 in Kano by INEC will also be held in five other states, which include: Bauchi, Plateau, Adamawa, Rivers, and Benue.