The President of the Nigerian Senate, Ahmad Lawan has said that no political party in the country should be excluded from blame when talking about electoral violence.
Mr Lawan said this Tuesday in reaction to a motion on “Curbing Electoral Violence” raised by Sen George Sekibo under Order 42 and 53 of the Senate rule.
He said the motion was important and timely and all politicians should turn a new leaf and join in the campaign to enlighten the electorate to come to the understanding that politics is a game of ideas.
Mr Lawan insisted that the security agencies should arrest and bring to justice all those that caused mayhem in the last polls in Bayelsa and Kogi, arguing that people must pay the price of their actions.
“I believe that those who perpetrated violence, especially in the last elections in Bayelsa and Kogi should be apprehended and prosecuted.
“I believe that this is the way to go; people should pay the price of their actions”, he said.
While presenting the motion at the plenary, Mr Sekibo, noted that that election was an integral part of democratic process that enables the citizenry determine fairly and freely who should lead them periodically at every level of government.
According to him, it has become imperative that every Nigerian must
be involved in curbing the excesses of the high pace of electoral violence in the country.
Contributing to the debate on the motion, the Senate Minority Leader, Sen Enyinnaya Abaribe, expressed concerns that the security agencies had not practically arrested those who perpetrated violence in the elections.
Similarly, the Senate Leader, Sen Abdullahi Yahaya, called for enactment of a law that would effectively help curb electoral violence in the country, tasking politicians to disregard party affiliation and jointly find solution to the problem.
The Senate further resolved to condemn the spate of killings in election related violence in the country.
It also observed a minute silence in honour of those that lost their lives in just concluded Bayelsa and Kogi elections and previous elections.
It further urged the National Orientation Agency, NOA, and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to carry out continue campaign against electoral violence in subsequent elections.