NOA Boss Tasks Politicians On Election Violence


Few hours to the 2015 presi
dential election, the Rivers State Director of the National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr. Oliver Wolugbom, has called on political gladiators and their supporters in the state to embrace peace and avoid anything capable of causing violence before, during and after the elections.
Mr. Wolugbom made the appeal in a forum organised by the Rivers State Conflict Management Alliance (RSCMA) in collaboration with the National Orientation Agency (NOA) held in Port Harcourt with the theme: “Election Violence Interaction in Rivers State.”
The state NOA Director told participants to carry the message of non-violence to their parties, communities and families, saying that there should be life after election and there must be a state to rule after the election.
According to him, “Rivers people would no longer accept further death associated with election. Enough is enough.”
Giving an overview of the peace pact signed by the three main political parties in Rivers State, one of the facilitators, Rev. Father Edward Obi, solicited the cooperation of all stakeholders to ensure free, fair, credible and violence-free elections.
Rev. Fr. Obi explained that the purpose of the interactive session was to help in proffering solution to the electoral violence and to enhance the peace pact signed by both the presidential and the governorship candidates of the two major political parties.
He enjoined all Nigerians to join hands in preventing electoral violence as the security agencies alone cannot guarantee peace.
A representative of INEC, Mr. Godfrey Achibie in charge of Voter Education, said that the electoral umpire was ready to conduct a free, fair and credible election but appealed to the security agencies to assist the commission to conduct peaceful elections.
The forum was attended by representatives of the three main political parties in the state and representatives of the National Human Rights Commission.