An Igbo socio-cultural group, Aka Ikenga, has told the Independent National Electoral Commission to uphold democracy today. Also, they urged the electoral body to be upright and see this election as a way to redeem their credibility. Finally, the governorship and state house of assembly elections are held today.
This was made known in a statement signed by its Deputy Publicity Secretary, Collins Ugwu, and the Secretary-General, Barr. Mark Nduka-Eze, on Friday.
Further, they urged INEC to be upholders of democracy not undertakers of it. INEC needs to be transparent and impartial and follow the law. This will boost the confidence Nigerians have in them. Also, the citizens will be willing to vote if they know their desires will be adhered to.
Democracy demands a free, fair, and credible election. This is what citizens expect, not a repeat of the presidential elections. INEC needs to be in alliance with Nigerians working hand in hand. Moreover, this will help end the era of corrupt practices and bad governance in the country.
Furthermore, they spoke to the security agents of the country. They emphasized that citizens should be respected. They were never to be criminalized or commercialized. Importantly, citizens should be allowed to exercise their civic responsibilities with ease.The group pleaded with security agents to please provide Nigerians with the needed security today.
INEC is to do everything to restore the country’s democracy, which has been soiled by the mistakes of the February 25 election. “Nigerians have chosen democracy, so INEC and security operatives must help protect it.”
Lastly, the citizens are implored to remain calm and vote peacefully.