Northern youths under the aegis of the Arewa Youth Federation have said the July 14th Ekiti State governorship election will be a litmus test for the Independent National Electoral Commission; as it prepares for the 2019 elections.
President of the group, Adamu Kabir said this in an interview in Abuja, on Monday.
He said the electoral body under its new leadership has an opportunity to prove sceptics wrong by ensuring “that the election is credible.”
Kabir also appealed to civil society groups and international observers to keep a keen eye on happenings before, during and after the elections.
The group noted that the violence which heralded the campaign of the All Progressives Congress was giving it a cause for worry.
He said, “We have resolved to add our voice as responsible stakeholders in the Nigerian project, facts cannot be twisted and no matter how falsehood travels, truth will overtake it.
“Sons and daughters of Ekiti must rise up to defend their land against external aggression and resist political invasion and insurgency.
“Ekiti has remained relatively safe due to proactiveness of its Governor, Ayodele Fayose, and his team to curtail all forms of incursion into its territory by insurgents whose agenda is to kill and main defenceless citizens for economic and land control.”
He further called on all Arewa people living and doing business in Ekiti State to support Prof. Eleka as a way of reciprocating the gesture of hospitality and peaceful coexistence they have enjoyed from Governor Fayose- led administration.