Shun Election Violence, Group Tells Bayelsa Students

By Akanimo Sampson

As Bayelsa State, former President Goodluck Jonathan’s home state goes to poll this Saturday to elect their governor, the Coordinator of Teachers With-out Borders (TWB) in the state, Philip Eke, has tasked students in the state to shun election violence.

TWB is an American-based non-governmental organisation. Eke was however speaking at the Niger Delta University (NDU) Amassoma while addressing cross section of students of the university.

He said they should not allow themselves to be used by ‘’devilish politicians’’ who he alleged ‘’are so poised for their personal aggrandizement’’, and accordingly urged the students to take their studies seriously in a bid to guarantee a better future for themselves.

While enjoining the students to vote for candidates of their choice, he also used the occasion to appeal to the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to use the opportunity to further deepen democracy in the country by conducting a free, fair and credible governorship election in Bayelsa devoid of violence and deaths.

Eke also maintained that the Nigeria Police and other security agencies should avoid taking sides, but to secure the electorate, election materials and INEC staff during the election.