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NGO calls for protection of persons with disabilities, women during elections

The Founder, Life and Peace Development Organisation (LAPDO), Franklin Oloniju, has urged major stakeholders in the electioneering process to protect people living with disabilities and women during the forthcoming elections.

Oloniju made call in Akure on Friday at a two-day workshop organised by LAPDO in collaboration with Nigeria Civil Society Situation Room on the forthcoming elections.

LAPDO is a Civil Society Organisation (CSO) and a Non-Governmental Organisation (NGO).

He said that the workshop would grow the consciousness of the people living with disabilities and women to be guided and given priority during the elections.

Olaniju said that the organisation had been championing the participation of women and people living with disabilities in the coming elections in Ondo State.

He said the organisation had organised several sensitisation and educative programmes on the effects of vote-buying through the media.

According to him, I believe vote-buying techniques will reduce to the barest minimum through proper sensitisation of our people.

“We have made contentious efforts to meet various stakeholders like traditional rulers, religious leaders, security agents, INEC, and CSOs to see how the coming elections can be credible, free and fair,’’ Olaniju said.

The Chairman, National Council of Women’s Society (NCWS), Mrs Jumoke Aborede, urged women to come out en masse during the elections without any fear or intimidation to exercise their franchise.

Aborede further advised women to embrace peace, discourage vote-buying or any act that could disturb the peace and unity of the society during election.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was a unanimous agreement among the stakeholders at the workshop that the elections will be free, fair and credible and devoid of violence.

The two-day workshop was attended by representatives of the Nigeria Police Force, Nigeria Security Civil Defence Corps (NSCDC), Army, National Union Road Transport Workers (NURTW), traditional rulers, religious leaders, women and people living with disabilities.

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