Tuface, other artistes stage concert

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Ahead of the November 16 governorship election in Kogi State, popular musician, Innocent (Tuface) Idibia, alongside nine other artistes, on Tuesday staged the “Kogi Peace Concert” in Lokoja, in advocacy of a peaceful and violence-free poll.

The event attracted an estimated 5,000 crowd, mainly youths from across higher institutions in the state.

The musician urged youths to conduct themselves in a peaceful manner and avoid being used by politicians as agents of violence.

The concert, under the “Vote Not Fight, Election No Be War” campaign mantra, was organised by the National Democratic Institute (NDI), in partnership with Participation Initiative for Behavioural Change in Development (PIBCID), USAID, UKAID and the 2Baba Foundation.

The Acting Country Director of NDI, Raymond Esebagbon, advised youths to shun violence, avoid hate speech and fake news, before, during and after the election.

The Resident Electoral Commissioner (REC), Prof. James Apam, who noted that youths would be involved in the election, urged them to do all the right things that would make the electoral process peaceful.

The Acting Executive Director of PIBCID, Halima Sadiq, enjoined the youth to promote peaceful and non-violent election, rather than offering themselves as tools for perpetrating violence.

The Executive Director, Challenged Parenthood Initiative, Eunice Agbogun, advised youths to avoid acts of violence against women in election, in order to encourage increased women participation in politics.