Pageant and Events Development Initiatives Partner NDDC to Sensitise Youths on Dangers of Electoral Violence
A Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO), “Pageant and Events Development Initiatives has partnered with the Niger Delta Development Commission NDDC to sensitise youths on the dangers of electoral violence and other vices.
The training is one of the NGO’s activities to deepen peaceful elections across the Niger Delta region and the workshop had earlier been held in other states of the region, particularly, Imo, Akwa-Ibom, and Delta States.
Speaking as a keynote at the workshop in Rivers State A former Public Relation Officer (PRO), of the state branch of Nigeria Bar Association (NBA), Otitoji Ayofeji enjoined youths to allow for a transparent, free and fair electoral process in the March 18, Governorship and State House of Assembly elections in the state.
He spoke on the theme, “dangers of electoral violence and other vices”, noting that vote buying, or monetary inducements in elections was a form of money laundering, electoral fraud that aimed at influencing the outcome of the process, and engineering violence.
Ayodeji said that the youths were vulnerable groups to corrupt politicians to perpetrate crimes in elections and there was a need for them to desist from such acts because of their dire consequences to humanity, and society at large.
The former NBA PRO stated that Nigeria’s electoral process has been characterised by intimidation, violence and coercion and urged the youths to allow for a transparent process in Saturday elections.