Gov. Abubakar Bello of Niger has urged politicians and the people of the state to ensure peace before, during and after the upcoming Local Government election scheduled for Saturday.
The governor made the call in a statement signed by his Chief Press Secretary, Mrs Mary Berje, in Minna on Wednesday.
He said there was the need for all political stakeholders to eschew bitterness in order to guarantee a free, fair and peaceful election.
Bello explained that in every democratic election, there were winners and losers, adding that all candidates in the upcoming election should be ready to accept the outcome.
He also urged contestants and their supporters to seek redress in the court of law rather than resort to violence where they were dissatisfied.
Bello called on all eligible voters to come out and exercise their civic responsibility and conduct themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner and in line with the electoral laws.
He assured them that the state government would continue to improve on and protect the lives and property of the people.
The governor directed the security agencies to collaborate and ensure that all eligible voters cast their votes without harassment and any form of intimidation.
He solicited the support of the electorate to vote for candidates of the All Progressives Congress (APC), stressing that the ruling party would further expand its frontiers.
Bello added that victory for the ruling APC at the council level would allow government to consolidates on the successes already attained.