From Sola Ojo, Kaduna
Kaduna State is one of the 22 States where State House of Assemblies rerun elections would be happening in two of its local government arear which are Kagarko and Santa.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had said it was ready to conduct State House of Assembly rerun elections in Kagarko and Sanga Local Government Areas of Kaduna State this Saturday.
So, in order to have a free, fair and peaceful elections in the two LGAs, as well guiding against the repeat of what happened in Kogi and Bayelsa States, some critical stakeholder converged on Gwantu, the headquarters of Sanga LGA to discuss the modalities of peaceful elections.
The District Head of Fadan Ninzo who was part of the stakeholders meeting held in Gwantu, Ibrahim Anzah, called on the voters in Sanga to vote only credible candidate that can give them quality voice in the State House of Assembly.
The traditional father who was represented by Muhammed Gwamna said “although we are in support of the current government, but we are not looking at the party but an individual who can stand for us as a people and defend our just course in the assembly.
“We don’t want what happened in Kogi and Bayelsa States to happen here in Sanga. Those youths who indulge in drug to misbehave should know that, the people using them to foment trouble under the influence of drugs will not use their own children. I urge them to put a stop to it now”, he urged.
One of the two main contestants in Sanga under the umbrella of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mrs. Comfort Amwe, called on INEC to guide against what she alleged to have happened in the last election where trained had-hoc staff were shortchanged with ‘fake’ ones during the poll.
“Before the last election, some people were trained to conduct the election. But different people came during the election. Hope this will not repeat itself this time around”, she queried
Chairman, All Progressives Congress (APC) in Sanga, Danjuma Ayuba Tata, assured that youths from his party have been told not to fight saying, they have realized the importance of peace without which there cannot be development.
But, following the readiness of INEC, the Network of Women-led Civil Society Organisations in Kaduna temporarily relocated to Gwantu, Sanga to convass for free, fair and peaceful elections.
The women said, their resolve to travel down from Kaduna to Sanga was born out of the need for violence-free election to guide against a repeat of violence that characterized recent Kogi and Bayelsa States elections which led to lost of lives and destruction of properties.
Leader of the Network and a one time member of House of Representatives, Hon Florence D. Aya, called on candidates to call their supporters to order before, during and after the election.
She said, “as mothers, we are concerned that there should be peaceful, non violence rerun in Kagarko and Sanga. We want all the candidates to call their supporters to order to ensure free, fair and peaceful elections in these two LGAs. Election where every vote will count is what we want to see.
“We don’t want a repeat of violence in Kogi and Bayelsa states. We know that these stakeholders are responsible whether as religion or traditional leaders. They should let their supporters and followers know that there should be no violence”, she said.
In an interview, Special Assistant to Governor Nasir El-Rufai on Peace Building and Conflict Resolution /SDGs, Leonel Echa commended the efforts of the Women-Led CSOs towards peaceful election in Kaduna State.
According to him, “Kaduna State Peace Commission commends the efforts of the network of Women-Led CSOs in Kaduna. Most importantly, we commend those that came out today.
“Their presence tells us three things: first, that we can have peaceful election, second, that they will go back to their community and step down what they have learnt here and third, that, we can hold them accountable to the peace accord they have signed”, he opined.
Elsewhere, Commissioner, Internal Security and Home Affairs, Samuel Aruwan promised the people adequte security in the affected LGAs just as he assured that, the State Government was working bard to ensure people’s will prevailed after the region.