Brass—His Royal Highness Samuel Sambo, the Amadabo of Sambo Ama in Brass Local Government Area of Bayelsa State has admonished Nigerian youths to refrain from being used to perpetrate electoral violence in the 2023 general election.
Speaking via telephone with a Mangrovepen.ng reporter on Wednesday, the monarch said times have changed, with the signing of the new electoral law by President Muhammadu Buhari.
“The new law has made elections more transparent and credible and equally made power to now reside with the people,” he said.
Sambo averred that intimidation, ballot box snatching and other forms of violence as well as hate speech, that had characterized our electoral system, will not bring victory for any candidate.
According to him, “Only popular candidates will now win elections, so it will be unwise for any youth to allow his or herself to be used for evil.
“No politician would allow his or her children to become political thugs, knowing they could lose their lives or be jailed if security agencies apprehend them in the process.
“Any politician who tells you to carry guns and other dangerous weapons to harm perceived political rivals does not mean well for you and the people he or she is aspiring to lead.
“Electorates should only support and vote for candidates who have a good blueprint that will provide the needed amenities across the country.”
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The traditional ruler maintained that 2023 will not be business as usual, as the votes of the electorate will significantly count, adding that all Nigerians must come out to exercise their franchise to move the country forward.
“Violence will not make this happen. It will only destroy promising lives and enthrone violent leaders that will feast on our collective resources,” he said.