NGL to INEC: Allow free, fair elections

New Generation Leadership, NGL, has again cautioned Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, not to compromise the electoral process but allow the will of Nigerians to prevail in choosing their Governors and House of Assembly members across the Country.

The caution which was contained in a statement released by Secretary of the group, Mr Adedayo Adegbayibi while speaking on the forthcoming election, this Saturday, encouraged Nigerians to come out en-masse to perform their civic responsibility.

"No one should be intimidated to sit at home during the voting exercise. If we want a better society, we must all come out to vote and ensure we protect our votes".

NGL condemned the violence and various electoral malpractices that marred presidential and National Assembly polls, saying “it is a minus for Nigeria's democracy".

The youth group said it was sad that the exercise was fraught with many complaints, an indication that the wishes of the people were not respected.

NGL expressed its determination to continue to enhance good governance, vibrant leadership and credible candidates, warning INEC to ensure the elections reflect wishes of the people.

According to the statement “democracy must be allowed to thrive in the country by allowing a natural internal seamless change of government without any let or hindrance, when desired by the electorates, in a free and fair election.

"And this is what must be encouraged in Nigeria. A situation where a candidate has to force himself on the people he wants to serve is not healthy".

NGL which has been supporting credible youth contesting on any political party in all parts of Nigeria and genuine candidates, who have virile developmental programmes for the youth, had endorsed All progressives Congress, APC, Governorship Candidate in Lagos, Mr Jide Sanwoolu and his Sokoto counterpart, Mr Ahmad Aliyu as well as his Deputy, Mr Farouk Mallami Yabo.

Others include Olumide Ojerinde APC, Freedom Jollof AAC, Mr Akin Alabi APC, Mr Tunde Aleshinloye-Williams PDP and Mr Olumuyiwa Owadara RMD, PDP who are contesting for various political positions in the country.

The group advised Youth in the country to rise up to take responsibilities as the strength of the nation and stop being used as political thugs.

It also advised that the 2019 elections should not be about political parties, but about personalities who are competent, credible and committed to a new Nigeria that will work for all”.

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