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CAN urges political parties to avoid hate-speeches, vote-buying

National President of Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) Rev. Samson Ayokunle

The Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has appealed to political parties in the country to avoid hate-speeches, violence, vote-buying and other electoral frauds come 2019 general elections.

The association also urged Nigerians, irrespective of their ethnic, political and religious persuasions, not to sell their votes or be used to perpetrate violence before, during and after the elections.

In a statement yesterday in Abuja, CAN President, Rev. (Dr.) Samson Ayokunle, called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) and all the security agencies to be neutral and apolitical in their conduct to have free, fair and credible polls in 2019.

Besides, the CAN, which commiserated with the victims of the recent flood disaster and wanton killings in the country, expressed disappointment, worries, shocks and grief over the loss of lives in the country in recent years due to some unavoidable factors.

It, therefore, urged government at all levels and security agencies to revive their intelligence gathering.

In another development, the Hope Democratic Party (HDP) has said that the 2019 presidential election will be the choice between ending the present excruciating and dehumanising poverty malaise in the country or entrenching poverty.

The party, which promised a new order of ideological direction, said a minimum wage of N100,000 would be implemented while registered unemployed, aged and widows would be paid N25,000 monthly.

National Publicity Secretary of the party, Usman Sanni, in a statement yesterday, said the present exploitative capitalist system foisted on Nigerians had ensnared the masses in abject poverty.

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