INEC has taken campaign against violence and vote buying to campuses of higher institutions in Lagos state. Okey Igbokwe,The INEC’s head of department, voter education, publicity, gender and civil society, urged the students to take part in deepening democracy . The INEC’s public relations officer Femi Akinbiyi, told the students to be of good conduct and vote for candidates that would secure their future peacefully .The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)’s head of department, voter education, publicity, gender and civil society in Lagos state, Ijeoma Okey-Igbokwe, this Friday, addressed some students at the Federal College of Education, Technical, Akoka ahead of the general elections.
The commission led its team to the institution to sensitise students of the institutions on the forthcoming general elections. In her address, Okey-Igbokwe, urged the students to take part in deepening democracy by getting actively involved in the forthcoming elections, adding that they students should not leave the elections for old people. She said: “I encourage you to come out and vote for the candidates of your choice. I want you to steer clear of vote-buying and selling as well as electoral violence. You young people know what you need for your generation, that is why it is important that all of you take part in democracy positively. “It is very unfortunate that young people have themselves to be used as tools for violence with politicians given you just N5,000. It pains me when somebody feels that your worth in life is N5,000. These politicians that buy you for N5,000, have their children abroad.”
According to her, the politicians’ children would come back five or 10 years after to rule over those who have sold their future and that of their children. She said that none should get injured or killed during the elections as a result of electoral violence. The INEC’s public relations officer in his comment, Femi Akinbiyi, told the students to be of good conduct and vote for candidates that would secure their futur. Akinbiyi urged the students to spread the awareness against electoral violence, vote-buying and vote-selling to their friends and family members. “The future of these youths is bright. You should not be used as scaffolders for bad politicians to rise.
Akinbiyi told the News team that another team of the commission had moved to markets for the same sensitisation, saying that peaceful conduct during the polls was non-negotiable. The presidential and National Assembly elections were slated for February 16, while the governorship and state Assembly elections were fixed for March 2.