From AMEDU JOSEPH, Lokoja
The Centre for Advocacy of Justice and Rights, ( CAJR) a Non Governmental Organisation, said , it has to embark on road walk to drum awareness for the people of Kogi state to organise themselves as pressure groups against violence in the forthcoming governorship election in the state.
The Project Coordinator of CAJR, Etty Etema Peter while addressing the Resident Election Commissioner (REC) Professor James Apam and his management team at the INEC headquarters in Lokoka on Friday said, it has become imperative for her organisation to work in synergy with the commission in order to conduct a hitch free and violent free election in the state.
She added that her Organisation had embarked on series of campaigns, ranging from jingles being aired on many radio stations, working in collaboration with the press for mass dissemination of peace materials to the grassroots and road shows in villages to create awareness for peaceful election in the state.
The Coordinator stated that her Organisation in partnership with International Foundation for Electoral Systems ( IFES) have engaged stakeholders in series of meetings , workshop, talkshops with the aim to change the narratives of kogi of being the Bayelsa of the North in an election assuring that the feedback from the field pointed to violence free November 16 election.
In a remark, the REC, Professor James Apam commended the organisation for their painstaking contributions to peace in the forthcoming election, advised her not to consider her efforts as small but very huge for the success of the election.
He said , he is confident that the efforts of the concerned citizens and well wishers will not go down in vain but to be rewarded with a positive election that will surprised even the mischief makers.