Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC)
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Mr Ishaya Durkwa, the head of a non-government organisation called the International Organization for Peace Building and Social Justice, has asked INEC not to give in to pressure and announce the winner of the 2023 Presidential election.

Durkwa asked INEC to stay neutral and not take sides at a press conference in Jos on Monday. He said that the world is watching what happens in the country.

He also said that he and his team are praying for God to give INEC Chairman Prof. Mahmoud Yakubu the strength to stand up for justice, even though they know that Yakubu is overwhelmed.

He also asked INEC to look into many situations where people couldn’t vote even though it wasn’t their fault.

“We are calling on leaders who participated in signing the peace accord to rise and ensure that the peace we have been enjoying in the past few months is not truncated.

“This is time for you to work assiduously and collaborate with INEC and all well-meaning Nigerians to ensure that nobody is disenfranchised or shortchanged.

“Everybody has the right to express his civic responsibility, and it’s important that these leaders get together and deny themselves sleep to see that what needs to be done is done.

“This is the only way to sustain peace. Peace is is a consequence of justice where there is no justice, there will be no peace,” he added.

As Nigerians wait for the election results, he also asked them not to do anything that could lead to violence in the country.

Durkwa said that Nigeria has lost many people in different crises over the past few years and that the country should stay away from anything that would put more lives in danger.

The executive director told people who might not be happy with the results of the elections to look for other ways to solve their problems instead of turning to violence.

“I call on Nigerians to insist on what is fair, what is right, what is just in a peaceful way. We have different avenues through that we can seek redress. We don’t want people to go on the streets, we don’t want riots. We don’t want the killing and burning of buildings. We want peace in our nation.”

Also, Mr Sam Odey, the Project Coordinator for International Organizations for Peace Building and Social Justice, said he was worried that people and materials were late at most of the polling places he visited.

Odey asked INEC to ensure the process was transparent and acceptable to the people.

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