By Ewa Innocent, The Sight News
ABAKALIKI: A human right advocacy organisation has staged a solidarity match in favour of free and fair elections in Ebonyi state, and the country at large.
The activists who matched to INEC, police, and later converged at government House gate, Abakaliki, carried placards of various inscriptions,which read, “No election malpractices in Ebonyi, “We want equity, justice and fairness in Ebonyi, “We say no to intimidation and harassment,among others.
The group noted that as a none political human rights organization, they are duty bound to identify with good governance and canvass for free and fair elections in the country.
The human right organisation which comprised of different ethnic groups, namely, Igbo, Hausa, Yoruba and Fulani, described the infrastructural development in Ebonyi state as unprecedented and called on INEC and security agents to ensure credible and peaceful elections in the country.
The leader of the Human right organisation, Muhammed Natiga,who spoke during the occasion,said, they were pleased with the quality leadership entrenched in the state, which he said, has culminated into the execution of many projects.
“Anywhere you go, if you go to Uburu, if you go to Ishielu, if you go to Ezza North, if you go to Ezza South,if you go to Abakaliki local government area, everywhere is projects. That is why we, human right activists, want peaceful, free and fair elections in the state”.
Also speaking, the founder of the organisation, Evangelist Jacinta Nworie,said, the mandate of the organisation is to defend the right of individuals, the society and to say no to electoral malpractices. She said, they took time to tour the 13 local government areas of the state to get people’s mind.
Responding, the Chief of Staff, Government House, Abakaliki, Chief Offor Okorie,who represented Governor David Umahi, thanked the organisation for “coming to identify with good governance,” stressing that the developmental projects of the governor is not discriminatory, as he even started his projects from Hausa community.
He assured the people of Ebonyi state that government will protect them against any form of electoral violence, during and after the election.