PORT HARCOURT – Mr Oliver Wolugbom, the Director, National Orientation Agency (NOA) in Rivers, has advised politicians in the state to shun unruly behaviour that could threaten peace and security.
He gave the advice in Port Harcourt at a Town Hall meeting on the peace pact signed by the leaders of the three major political parties in the state.
The three parties that signed the peace pact in Rivers are the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the All Progressives Congress (APC) and Labour Party.
Wolugbom expressed concern that despite the signing of the peace pact, the state was still witnesssing electoral violence.
“You see, signing a peace accord is one thing, implementing it is another thing.
“I call on the leaders of the political parties to abide by their pledge, ‘’ he said.
The NOA boss urged the leaders of the political parties in the 23 local government areas of the state to educate their members on violence-free electoral process.
Describing Rivers as the ‘most violent state’ in terms of politicking, he stressed the need for the people to change their political orientation.
In his remark, Dr Felix Allen, the representative of the Centre for Ethnic and Conflict Studies, University of Port Harcourt, decried the increasing security threat facing the nation as a result of the election.
He said the town hall meeting was organized to provide a platform for the most vulnerable groups to participate on how conflict could be resolved without violence.
He called on the participants to take the message to the rural areas to create an attitudinal change among the people.