PFN, group task stakeholders on violence-free poll
National President of the Pentecostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), Rev. Dr. Felix Omobude, yesterday, urged Edo people to remain peaceful and orderly before, during and after the September 19, 2020 governorship election.
In a statement in Benin City, Omobude said the election of an individual politician was not worth the blood or life of any resident.
“I identify with Edo people and join my voice to the many other good citizens of the state to call for peace during Saturday’s governorship election.
“The contestants have traversed the length and breadth of the state and have told us what they intend to do and can do. It is now our duty to make our choices and then come out boldly to exercise our franchise,” he said.
The cleric enjoined the people to do the right things, adding that they must not encourage or support violence, and should not allow their children to be used for vicious activities.
“The Church stands for truth. We stand for justice. We stand for equity.
Don’t sell your conscience when voting. Stand for the right things and the overall interest and development of our state. Election is a period to reward good with our votes and also a period to punish evil with our Permanent Voter’s Card (PVC),” he added.
He also appealed to politicians and their supporters to be more circumspect in their utterances and activities by ensuring that they put the state first in their conduct.
“They should not let their ambitions blindfold them or override the peace of the state. It is important that politicians do not destroy the state and people they aspire to govern.
“It is also important that the security agencies and the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), carry out their jobs professionally, to engender a peaceful, free, fair and credible election that we will all be proud of,” he stated.
He enjoined all Christians in the country and especially those in Edo State to be prayerful and go back to their core value as the pillars of truth and rise up in prayers against evil forces.
MEANWHILE, the Network for Best Practice and Integrity in Leadership (NEBPRIL) has urged politicians and their supporters in Edo State to shun inciting comments, violence and other tendencies that could mar the Saturday, September 19, 2020 governorship election.
In a statement issued by its chairman, Victor Afam Ogene, the group expressed concern that the rate at which the parties had allowed rancour, bitterness and violence to define campaigns for the poll was frightening and worrisome.
“Promoters of violence, no matter how highly placed, should not be treated with kid gloves. Rather, the full weight of the law should be invoked on individuals or groups that continue to engage in hate speeches, vandalism and violence.
“The success of the September 19 governorship election should not be left to only the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), security agencies and the candidates, as it behooves all stakeholders and eligible voters to ensure the success of the poll,” it said.
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