Group urges Edo political gladiators to eschew violence
The National Consultative Front (NCFront), a newly floated mobilisation platform, has raised concerns that supposedly democratic elections in Nigeria are fast acquiring notoriety for violence and brigandage.
It said: “This ugly and unflattering development in our country runs against the tenets of democracy and civility, and should trouble all patriotic citizens.
“It is in this regard that we view the signals emerging from Edo State in the run up to the September 19, 2020 gubernatorial elections as advancing despicable acts of desperation, clothed in violence and rascality of a frighteningly dangerous proportion.
“Elections, to us, should not be a matter of ‘do or die’, if the end intention is to provide selfless service to the citizenry. Therefore, when the level of desperation to win elections at all cost becomes evident, as in the case of the run up to the Edo elections, it suggests that other considerations outside selfless service to the people may be the priority, and this should not be allowed to fester, as it endangers and negates civil democratic governance.”
NCFront, therefore, cautioned all participants and actors, especially lawmakers in the state, who are presently engaged in political brinkmanship to urgently turn a new leaf and play by the rules, shun all acts that can further heighten tension and endanger the very wellbeing of Edo people and properties.
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