Governor Diri and Okowa back BVAS, constitutional role for monarchs.

Bayelsa State Governor, Senator Douye Diri, and his Delta State counterpart, Senator Ifeanyi Okowa have restated support for the introduction of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) into the Nigerian electoral system.

They also canvassed constitutionally defined roles for traditional rulers to ensure peace in the country.

The Governors spoke in Yenagoa, Bayelsa State during the South-South Monarchs Forum Extraordinary General Assembly with the theme: “Entrenching Grassroots Security and Peace in the South-South Region during and after 2023 General Election.”

Governor Diri said the importance of BVAS would go a long way in reducing electoral fraud and lauded President Muhammadu Buhari for his insistence on free and fair elections.

Describing democracy as a government of the people, Governor Diri called on politicians and Nigerians to allow the electorate make their choices without molestation.

While advocating for constitutional role for monarchs as custodians of culture, the Bayelsa helmsman cautioned politicians against the use of youths for violence and called synergy to ensure a violence-free election.

He said people of the South-South region will continue to agitate for the restructuring of the country to enthrone justice and equity.

On his part, Governor Okowa, who is also the vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), urged stakeholders to find ways to ensure peaceful elections.

Dr. Okowa said traditional rulers play a very important role as custodians of culture and should be empowered to play more active roles in ensuring peace in the country.