…Kicks Off “Vote Not Fight” Campaign
By Mmaduabuchi Onwumelu
A youth group under the aegis of Catch Them Young Community Initiative (CATYCOI), last Tuesday held a Town Hall meeting of youth stakeholders in Anambra Central Senatorial District in Awka, the Anambra State Capital, with a call on participants to involve themselves in active politics and desist from lukewarm attitude.
Fides reports that the group, during the meeting, kicked off the “Vote Not Fight” Campaign in Awka aimed at ensuring a violence-free governorship election in Anambra State.
The “Vote Not Fight: Election No Be War” campaign was launched in 2014 to raise awareness around the dangers of election violence.
The campaign was in collaboration with the 2Face Idibia Foundation with support from the National Democratic Institute and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID).
In his welcome address, the Executive Director, CATYCOI, Comrade Nonso Orakwe, said the “Vote Not Fight: Election No Be War” campaign was launched in 2014 to raise awareness around the dangers of election violence.
He noted that the campaign was to pass a message to youths, politicians and other stakeholders that the November 6 elections should not be a do-or-die affair.
Orakwe said, ‘The process of electing leaders in Nigeria has been plagued by a myriad of problems ranging from voter intimidation and suppression, to harassment and outright violence.
‘This campaign is to change the ugly trend, especially as Anambra prepares for the governorship election, and bring a lasting peace to our political space.
‘We urge our youths to prevent electoral violence by upholding democratic principles before, during and after elections, because there is a connection between violence-free election, peace and development.
Some of the stakeholders in attendance included the Commissioner of Police, Anambra State, represented by CSP Isah Kolo; Director of National Orientation Agency (NOA), Mr Charles Nwoji, represented by Agbu Felix; National Security and Civil Defence Corps representative, ACC Omabe Moses, among others.