Emir of Keffi urges politicians to avoid do or die politics

Emir of Keffi urges politicians to avoid do or die politics

- The Emir of Keffi in Nasarawa state, Shehu Chindo Yamusa, warns that the practice of do or die politics often escalates into violence which may lead to loss of lives and property

- Emir Yamusa urges security agencies to monitor activities of political parties to guard against hate speech and other incisive tendencies capable of igniting violence before, during and after the poll

- The traditional leader calls on INEC to ensure level playing field for all political parties towards achieving a peaceful and a credible democratic process

The emir of Keffi in Nasarawa state, Alhaji Shehu Chindo Yamusa, has advised Nigerian politicians to avoid do or die politics ahead of the coming 2019 general elections.

The emir speaking at a security summit organised by the state command of the Nigeria Security and Civil Defense Corps (NSCDC), noted that the practice of do or die politics often escalates into violence which may lead to loss of lives and property, Daily Trust reports.

"Some of the main causes of violence during elections include the desperation by some politicians to attain political power, thereby using youth especially those who are of relatively and easily influenced by money for drug abuse and addiction to cause mayhem," the monarch said.

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The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the emir also urged security agencies to monitor activities of political parties to guard against hate speech and other incisive tendencies capable of igniting violence before, during and after the poll.

He similarly called on INEC to ensure level playing field for all political parties towards achieving a peaceful and a credible democratic process, adding that as electoral umpire, any untoward disposition by the commission could mar the process and set the tone for violence.

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The monarch also advised traditional and religious leaders to support INEC in the crusade for against electoral violence in 2019.

Meanwhile, Godsday Orubebe, the former minister of Niger Delta affairs and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), who faulted the conduct of the 2015 elections, has warned against rigging in the 2019 general elections.

Orubebe, while speaking in an interview with Tell Magazine, said the alleged rigging in Ekiti and other governorship elections would not be allowed to be repeated in the 2019 elections.

He alleges that the governorship elections in Ekiti state and in some other areas were less than credible and warned that occurred in those elections should not be repeated in February 2019.

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