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CNPP calls for calm over PDP crisis in Enugu

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Conference of Nigerian Political Parties (CNPP) in Enugu State has called for calm amid crisis rocking the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Udenu and Nsukka councils over the nomination of candidates for the February 29 council election in the state.

Tension increased in the two councils, following series of protests that claimed the Nsukka office of the PDP, which was burnt, leading to the incarceration of eight persons.

Worried by the threats created by the development, especially with regards to the coming election, CNPP yesterday asked the affected parties to maintain peace in the overall interest of the state, saying that it was the only ingredient for enduring democracy.

In a statement signed by its chairman, Adonys Igwe, CNPP advised against actions that could derail the conduct of the election as planned and called for the understanding of the leadership of the party in the affected councils.

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Igwe said: “The fact remains that no society can develop or grow economically without a peaceful coexistence among its populace; hence the call from Enugu CNPP to warring parties in Nsukka and Udenu to embrace peace and find ways of settling their differences without resorting to violence and destruction of lives and propert.y”

He maintained that though the crises in Nsukka and Udenu “are purely PDP issue, the CNPP being a responsible body whose greatest interest is for a peaceful coexistence of all political parties, including the PDP, in the state, as well as the development and wellbeing of the people of Enugu, is worried by the continued protest and its negative implication on the state, especially disruption of business activities.”

Though it was the right of the people to protest, it should be the last option and should not be done in a manner that threatens the ongoing peace and development programme in the state, he added.

Explaining that the courts were set up for issues of such nature, CNPP added: “It is important to note that promoting peace and sustainable development reduces poverty and prevents conflict, translating to a healthier business environment that allows for a more effective delivery of democratic dividends to the people.”

He called on the security agencies to ensure adequate protection for the people, assuring that the body would monitor closely developments from the two councils.

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