A group of youths from Kogi State, under the aegis of the Kogi Association Youth Network, have called on President Bola Tinubu and the Independent National Electoral Commission,
to ensure a credible exercise during the forthcoming November 11 governorship election in the state.
KAYN in an open letter issued by their Coordinator, Victor Idajili on Sunday, October 29, 2023, urged Tinubu to use his office to ensure that their votes were not compromised during the election.
Idajili specifically called on the president to prevail on the security agencies and the electoral INEC, to conduct the exercise in a manner that upheld the principles of freedom, fairness and credibility.
He also urged him to appoint impartial election observers to monitor the entire electoral process in Kogi State, noting that such individuals should be of high integrity from various national and international organisations to ensure an independent assessment of the electoral proceedings.
The letter reads in part: “We, the Kogi Associated Youth Network, humbly approach you with great concern for the integrity of our democratic process and peace of our dear state.
“As the leader of our great nation, we implore you to ensure that the forthcoming election in Kogi State is conducted in a manner that upholds the principles of freedom, fairness, and credibility.
“The youth of Kogi, as integral stakeholders in the progress and development of our state, hold the fundamental right to participate in an electoral process that accurately represents their will and aspirations.
“We call upon you, Mr President, to exercise your authority and influence to ensure that our voices are not silenced and our votes are not compromised for greater peace in the state.
“As Nigeria strives to set an example of democratic excellence for the African continent, we appeal to your sense of duty and commitment to democratic values and one who has fought for Nigeria’s democracy to oversee an election that is truly representative of the will of the people.
“Your Excellency, we kindly request that you provide adequate security measures to safeguard the lives of citizens during the election period. It is of utmost importance that voting centres are free from violence, intimidation and any form of coercion.”