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Political Violence And Voters Apathy

In the past few months there are series of political violence in the different parts of the federation. There is strong belief that violence cannot be separated from politics.

Due to this generally accepted societal belief, especially in the developing nations, good men and women had refused to venture into politics. As a result the governance of so many societies have been left in the hands of mediocre.

Recently youths in one of the northern states stoned the presidential convoy while moving to a campaign venue.

In rivers State, the campaign team of the flagbearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Barr. Nyesom Wike was attacked at Abua/Odual Local Government Area. Also just on Tuesday unknown gunmen disrupted the governorship campaign rally of the All Progressives Congress (APC) at Okrika, headquarters of the Wakirike Local Government Area.

According to what we gathered no fewer than sixty (60) persons were wounded, while a police officer lost his life.

Also properties worth millions of naira were destroyed.

We condemned the attack on politicians by senseless hoodlums because politics is not all about fighting, but a legitimate way of smooth transition of power. Politics is not war; also it is not forceful acquisition of power.

Our fear is that with the current political crisis across the length and breadth of the nation, it may discourage several eligible voters to exercise their constitutional right of voting.

Let us use this medium to appeal to political actors to educate their supporters the need for peaceful elections in March 28 and April 11, 2015.   ###

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