Deputy Senate President, Ike Ekweremadu and a non governmental organisation, the Nigeria Prosperity Project, on Sunday lamented the growing cases of electoral violence in the country and noted that the development was heating up the polity.
Ekweremadu, according to a statement by his Special Adviser on Media, Uche Anichukwu, in Abuja, therefore called on Nigerians to unite against electoral violence.
He stressed the need for rigorous advocacy to keep the youth away from electoral violence.
He also charged well-meaning Nigerians to rise up and defend the national interest and to condemn acts of electoral violence irrespective of political, ethnic, and religious leanings.
He said, “Election is not a do-or-die affair. We are worried about the attacks on some political actors by people in parts of the country other than their own. Let us stand together and call the political elites to order.
“We must admit that elections will come and go, but that this country will remain. Therefore, we must play politics with every sense of responsibility, ensuring that everybody is accorded his due respect.