The Adamawa chapter of the Christian Association of Nigeria (CAN) has called on the state residents to remain calm and renew confidence in the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for the rerun election in the state.
Stephen Mamza, the chapter chairman, made the call while briefing reporters on Sunday in Yola, the state capital.
“As we remain prayerful and hopeful that all shall be well, we still pray that INEC will strengthen our confidence in the process through their openness, transparency and fairness,” he said.
INEC declared the governorship election held on March 18 in the state as inconclusive and fixed March 29 for a rerun
Mr Mamza said as Christian leaders in the state, they did everything possible by mobilising people to exercise their franchise based on trust and the promise made by INEC for free, fair and credible polls.
“We, therefore, call on all to remain calm and to renew their confidence in INEC’s independence and professionalism for openness, transparency and fairness in handling the votes of the electorates as we set to go for a rerun.
“We are also calling with a strong voice on both the law enforcement agencies and the media not to allow institutional pressure and interference affect them as they try to give an unbiased and extensive security coverage of the process of voting, collation and tabulation of results.”
The chairman also appealed to politicians to keep all political activity and exchange civil to enable an atmosphere of tolerance and respect to flourish in the state.
He equally called on all citizens, especially the community and religious leaders and the youth, to continue to be law-abiding citizens.
“It is our desire and a strong wish that the entire electoral process will be credible and thus respect the will of the people of Adamawa State,” he said.