Bayelsa poll: Stop threatening electorate in Nembe Kingdom – Elders warn politicians

Elders and youths from Nembe Kingdom in the Nembe Local Government Area of Bayelsa State have warned chieftains of the various political parties in the state against threatening the electorate with violence ahead of the November 11 governorship election.

The elders and youths (Ogbolomabiri and Bassambiri), under the aegis of Nembe-Se Congress, urged the politicians to respect the rights of the electorate as enshrined in Chapter 4 of the 1999 Constitution of the Federal Republic of Nigeria (as amended).

The congress, in a statement issued on Friday and signed by its President, Chief Ebiegberi Domo-Spiff, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the security agencies to ensure that there is a level playing ground for all candidates in the election.

“Similarly, the congress calls on all politicians and community leaders in Nembe Se to allow all the eligible voters to vote for the candidate of their choice. We also appeal to all Nembe people who are duly registered in their kingdom and communities and who have their voters cards to travel to their homes and exercise their franchise by electing their future political leaders,” the statement said in part.

On the crisis in Nembe Bassambiri, it expressed pain at the development, insisting that the congress is collectively and individually making frantic efforts to wade into the crisis to bring permanent peace to the community.

It also called on its members at all levels in the Kingdom to continue the sensitization effort on the national census, which was supposed to be conducted by the National Population Commission in the first quarter of 2023 but was postponed due to the change in leadership at the national level.