A governorship hopeful and aspirant under the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Barr. Kemela Okara has expressed the need for elections to be credible and violence free to enable the electorate vote candidates of their choice.
Barr. Okara while speaking to newsmen in Yenagoa, said that this is the only way to entrench a stable and enduring democratic culture in the country.
He posited that for elections to be peaceful and credible their must be a deliberate synergy among the security agencies, the INEC and the politicians to uphold a peaceful environment for voters to freely express themselves.
The PDP governorship aspirant challenged politicians to at all tlmes be an advocate of peace and preach the message of non violence to their supporters.
Barr.Okara who amongst the three anointed candidates of the restoration caucus stressed the need for the electorates shun vote buying, adding that it is only way to hold leaders accountable and to ensure the dividend of democracy are provided.
According to him”I am somebody who totally opposed to violence, and if you asked why,the reason is simple. Politics is about persuasion, convincing people as to why you are best placed to do what you want to do.The entire Democratic process can only be entrench and grow to the extent that we maintain a peaceful environment for voters to express their choice freely. I can never be an advocate of violence during election process because when there is violence people cannot express their franchise.
As for us as politician, we must consistently preach peace to our followers, supporters, and this is why I was committed yesterday when I was in vote not fight campaign organized by National Democratic institute (UK).I made the point to say,am an advocate of peace,helping them to communicating to our supporters, telling them,elections are not war,are times to persuade.”
Okara who is currently secretary to Bayelsa state government maintained he will continue to built on legacies laid down by Governor Seriake Dickson, emphasizing that who ever that emerges as the party candidate should shrive to build on the achievements of the restoration government.