Youths under auspices of Youth Advocate For Peace Justice And Empowerment Network (YAPJEN) have protested against election rigging, violence, political thuggery and other forms of irregularities ahead of the November 6 governorship election in Anambra state.
The protesters numbering about 100 stormed major roads and streets of Awka after they gathered at Aroma junction as take-off point, insisted for free, fair and credible election be conducted in Anambra governorship election.
They also called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and security agencies to remain non-partisan and impartial in the exercise.
The youths with various placards with inscription as such as “we want free and fair election in Anambra, Anambra youths say no to violence, No to rigging, INEC must be non-partisan, Election no be war, Security agents must be neutral, Anambra youths stand for peace among others.
They urged youths in the state to resist all forms all forms of inducement to cause electoral violence as well as desist from violence and thuggery.
The National President of the group, Amb.Timothy Nwachukwu while speaking said that the protest followed threat by one of the political parties to rig the forthcoming poll in favour of its candidate.
He said, “Our message is very clear. We’re saying no to election rigging, violence, political thurgery, and other forms of irregularities in the process.
“We’re calling on Anambra youths to stay away from any form of electoral violence. We call on INEC to remain non-partican and impartial in the exercise. We also urge the security agencies to ensure that their loyalty is not to any political party in power.
“We heard that a certain governor had threatened that his party will take over the state. Our message to them is that his state is not Anambra and Anambra is not his state. We also read in a newspapers about plans to redeploy the INEC resident Electoral Commissioner for Anambra State to pave way for the master riggers to bring in someone who is loyal to them and manipulate the forthcoming polls.
“Anambra Youths will not be cowed nor be used in any way to achieve their evil motive, the will of the people shall prevail in the state” Nwachukwu warned.