Some traditional rulers in Benue State has called on politicians to eschew violence during the governorship rerun election on March 23rd.
Concise News understands that Benue, Kano, and Plateau, among others will take part in the rerun, according to the Independent National Electoral Commission (Inec).
The traditional rulers made the call on Thursday in Makurdi, the Benue capital during a one-day strategic town hall meeting aimed at promoting peaceful 2019 general elections.
According to the paramount traditional head of Igede Kingdom, Adire’Igede1, CP. Ogar Ero (rted), all stakeholders must imbibe the culture of peace during the election.
“When you imbibe the culture of peace, our society would be peaceful. Therefore, we in Benue State need peace before, during and after the elections and we must be firm,” he added.
“In my domain Oju and Obi, ideas, efforts and suggestions to ensure peace, harmony and mutual respect in the state that would guarantee peaceful coexistence will be embrace.”
Also speaking, the traditional head of Gboko, Ter Gboko, Gabriel Shoson, admitted that there is tension in the North-Central state ahead of the poll.
“There is still tension in Benue state due to inconclusiveness of the last Saturday’s governorship election in the state, therefore, the meeting is very important because it will afford us the opportunity to go back homes to preach the message of peace,” he noted.
“We must understand that conflict is not certainly something to manage if it is allow to occur.
“So we must try to prevent it from happening by preaching peace and unity. So, we must all work for good governance for our society irrespective of religious and ethnic background. We must all work to ensure the success of the remaining election.”