No fewer than 81, 000 registered Internally Displaced Persons , who possess Permanent Voter Cards will participate in the 2019 general elections in Adamawa.
Mr Ahmed Abba, the State Director , National Orientation Agency disclosed this during a sensitisation rally against vote buying in Vinikilang ward in Girei Local Government Area of Adamawa on Wednesday.
Abba said the aim of the rally was to educate youths , who constituted over 50 per cent of total voters , to shun political violence and avoid selling their votes.
“ So far , there are about 168 , 000 Internally Displaced Persons across Adamawa State , and of that number , over 81, 000 are registered with the INEC and will participate in the February 16 elections , ’’ he said .
The state director decried the rate of hate speech by some politicians at rallies , and advised them to base their campaigns on issues.
In his remarks , Mr Mapwavoa Saul , Girei Branch Chairman of the National Youths Council of Nigeria , said the association was sensitising youths against election violence.
Saul said the association had carried out several sensitisations through drama , street rallies and town hall meetings to educate the youths on peaceful elections and good behaviour.
It was gathered that members of the National Youths Service Corps, Boys Brigade , and Youth clubs were among the participants at the rally.
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