INEC warns politicians against hate speech, use of masquerades and religious centers for campaigns

• Says he won’t deprive anyone of their rights as speculated
• End nepotism, Bishop tells voters
• LP candidate, others urge Nigerians to vote properly
• Ekpu urges voters to question politicians

The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) yesterday urged politicians to avoid hate speech, refrain from using masquerades and refrain from using public facilities and religious centers during campaigns.

This also came as Bishop of the Diocese of Ibadan, Anglican Communion, the Rt. Rev. Joseph Akinfenwa urged Nigerians to eliminate nepotism and parochialism when voting for candidates.

They declared them during the first Stakeholder Summit organized by the Rural and Urban Stewardship Initiative for Sustainable Development (RUSISD) on the theme: “Inclusive Civic Education for Deepening the Democratic Process in Nigeria”, which s is held at Comfort Akinfenwa Hall, Molete, Ibadan.

The Administrative Secretary of the Oyo State Electoral Body, Biodun Onikate-Amosu, has urged Nigerians to cooperate with the commission to ensure a smooth, credible, fair and inclusive 2023 general election.

The Bishop of the Diocese of Ibadan, who is the organizer of the programme, said: “End with nepotism and partisan interests. If we want to bring about change, we must end nepotism and ethnicity.

ALSO, Labor Party (LP) gubernatorial candidate in Oyo State, Twafiq Akinwale, said the electorate must move away from the old ways of electing leaders and vote for a new set of leaders who will bring development.

For his part, the Dean of the Faculty of Economics and Management at the University of Ibadan (UI), Prof. Olanrewaju Olaniyan, urged Nigerians to be vigilant, saying voting bad candidates in 2023 will have serious consequences. consequences.

The keynote speaker said, “Brighten your eyes and vote for credible candidates. Make sure you vote for credible people in 2023. If you vote for the wrong candidates, you’re in the next four years. The consequence of voting wrongly is serious.

Meanwhile, as president of RUISSD, Ven. Adewale Sanda, said the organization would not give up working for a good nation, Ms. Chinyere Onuoha in her address stressed the need for journalists and security officers to be allowed to vote in the polls for the inclusiveness.

MEANWHILE, a columnist and co-founder of Newswatch magazine, Ray Ekpu, advised the electorate to grill politicians on what they would do differently to change the country’s narrative.

Ekpu, who also spoke as chairman of the event, said, “My message to Nigerians is to question the politicians. Ask them how they are going to do it and ask them how. There is a strong brain drain because Nigeria has not provided the environment for professionals to practice.

“Go to Lagos Teaching Hospital (LUTH), the doctors buy their equipment and when they treat patients, they take the equipment home. It is a federally owned hospital. It is a great shame and there is a huge workforce in Nigeria.

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