Senate Condemns Electoral Violence
The Senate has unanimously condemned electoral violence, particularly killings in the Kogi and Bayelsa states elections.
The condemnation was sequel to the consideration of a motion by senator Thompson Shikibo , representing Rivers East , during plenary in Abuja.
The upper chamber, while calling on the Inspector-General of Police to arrest and prosecute the killers of the Women Leader of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Kogi State, Mrs. Salome Abu, held a minute silence in honour of the deceased.
In a the motion with the title:“Curbing Electoral Violence”, Senator Sekibo while quoting the National Human Rights Commission said about 58 people were killed in 61 incidents of election violence across 22 states in the country between January and February, 2015.
He observed that political thuggery increased in 2019 compared to previous elections, alleging that privileged politicians use either armed thugs or security agents to disrupt smooth electioneering process.
According to him, the recent violence witnessed during and after the elections in Bayelsa and Kogi States has called to question the credibility of the electoral process in the country.
Sekibo lamented that the resultant effect of the electoral mayhem would reduce the credibility of the nation’s electoral process ,deepen hatred and as well widen the gap of unity in the country.
Senator Shikibo noted that the country’s electoral management body was not strong enough to withstand the pressure exerted by the political system and lamented that the electoral misconducts that accompany elections continue to threaten the nation’s democratization process
By. James Itodo