2Face Idibia has on Thursday, September 14, inaugurated “Vote Not Fight, Election No Be War” campaign in a bid to promote peaceful governorship election in Anambra on November 18.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that the campaign is a collaboration of the 2Face Idibia Foundation, Youngstars Development Initiative (YDI) and Youth Initiative for Advocacy, Growth and Advancement (YIAGA).
According to the reports, the collaboration also involved Centre for Ethics and Youth Development (CEYD), Gender Perspective and Social Development Centre (GPSDC) and Integrity Youth Development Initiative (IYDI).
While addressing newsmen at the ceremony in Awka, The music legend stressed the need for the general public to work together in order to prevent loss of lives before, during and after the election.
“Since 2015, I and the partner organisations on the Vote Not Fight campaign have worked tirelessly to increase youth participation in our country’s election.
“I call on youth of Anambra to ensure that they go out and vote for the candidates of their choice.
“The legitimacy of government is dependent on peaceful, free, fair and credible elections,” he said.
He added that even if Biafra was granted, they would still need peace for the elections to hold. 2Baba encouraged them to show maturity as well as vote responsibly.
“We have to monitor and engage our leaders. I encourage our youths to join political parties of their choice and grow to help make informed decisions,” he said.
Idibia went on to urge political parties and candidates to utilize the established legal avenues if they had concerns about the election.
He also urged traditional and religious rulers, elder statesmen as well as youth and women groups to join the campaign against violence during the election and play by the rules.
Mr Kingsley Bangwell of Yougstars Foundation, earlier disclosed that some Anambra-based youth groups had been trained on non-violent election advocacy and voter education skills to ensure effective campaigns.
Bangwell went on to add that the youths also acquired training on advocacy skills to allow them to organise their communities for peaceful participation in the governorship election.
Chairman of Peoples Progressives Alliance (PPA) in the state, Mr Mathias Ameke, commended Idibia for helping to promote peaceful elections while urging politicians to obey the rule of law.
“Young people are key to nationhood and until they are led on the right path, they may continue to deviate.
“They must be taught that elections are not do-or-die and taught to develop the spirit of sportsmanship,” he said.
NAN reports that 2Face and the campaign team had goten some governorship candidates, including Mr Oseloka Obaze of PDP and Gov. Willie Obiano of APGA, to endorse the campaign.
2Face Idibia has since become reputable for taking part campaigns that aid the needy as well as promoting peace within the country.
Originally posted 2017-09-14 18:40:45.