A part Harcourt- based Non-Government organisation (NGO), Advocacy for Peace, Good Governance and Social Justice, has warried politicians to stop using hoodlums to pervert the will of the electorate.
The president of the group, Mr. John Clement stated this while speaking with newsmen in Port Harcourt on Monday.
Mr. Clement condemned the killings in Abonema and parts of the state and described the scenarios as horrible and gory.
He noted that democracy must be allowed to grow in Nigeria.
He criticized political parties for using armed thugs during election and pointed out that voting was not a declaration of war between political opponents.
He remarked that the use of violence by political opponents was denting the image of the country in the world.
Mr. Clement explained that if there was credible free and fair polls, Nigeria would repose confidence on the system.
He said that the nation would get there some day.
He stated that it was only through credible polls that decent politicians would pilot the affairs of the nation.
The president urged all to shun violence during the March 9, 2019 polls.
Mr. Clement urged government to support his outfit to make room for lasting peace in the country.
According to him,’’ we are in the forefront of campaign for peace. We are reaching young people in both rural and urban centres’’.