From Akilani Abdullah, Lagos
The North East Students Forum has called for collaboration between the parties to contest for the bye election in the state and the security agencies to ensure a free and fair election.
The reason is not unconnected to the nature of the security situation in the North East zone which Adamawa state is part of.
This was contained in a press statement issued to newsmen at the weekend signed by the chairman, North East Students Forum, Comrade Mohammed Auwal Jibrin.
It said, “As the electorate move to elect their governor in the coming bye election in Adamawa state, we want to use this medium to call for collaboration between the parties involved in the election and the security agencies for a free and fair election, looking at the nature of the security situation in the North East zone which Adamawa state is part, the electorates are hereby cautioned to exhibit a high sense of maturity by voting the right candidate among the best.
“The North East Students Forum also call on its members in Adamawa in their respective voting point not to relent with their mandate toward ensuring that they come out and vote in mass so as to elect the most credible candidate irrespective of the party.” the statement said.
The forum however commended the political parties in the state for the internal democracy shown during its primaries, “ we commend the political parties for the internal democracy shown during their primaries, we observed with satisfaction throughout the congresses that the process is in conformity with electoral act and their party constitution and hereby call on the candidates themselves to uphold the manifesto of their respective parties.”