The Ekiti State Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. Abdul Ganiyu Raji,has warned youths in the state against violence and vote buying during the forthcoming election.
Legendary Nigerian singer, Tuface was unveiled as Campaign Peace Ambassador at a recent event on Voter’s registration, organized by Youngstars Development Initiative, 2Baba Foundation and New Generation for Girls and Women Development (NIGAWD) in Ado-Ekiti, the state capital.
The theme of the event tagged “Vote Not Fight: Election No Be War” got support from the United States Agency for International Development (USAID), the United Kingdom for International Development (UKAID) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI).
The youths who were selected from all the 16 local government areas promised to take the campaign to their localities to ensure a peaceful poll. Raji disclosed that between 60 and 70 percent of those involved in violence during elections are youths whom he said are lured with money by desperate politicians in a bid to win at all cost.
NIGAWD Executive Director, Abimbola Aladejare, also said that the Vote Not Fight campaign will take the message of peace to political actors, media organizations, transport workers, traditional rulers, religious leaders and other stakeholders.
2Baba in his reaction to the appointment mentioned that he will use his position to serve as a role model to the youth. He also used the opportunity to advise them to stay away from any form of electoral violence which may negatively affect their future and that of the state.
This appointment is coming as no surprise since 2Baba has always lent his voice towards political issues that affects the citizenry. A very big congratulation to 2Baba!