Elections: Group urges electorates to vote competent candidates in Edo

A Group, known as Concerned Edo Citizens, on Monday called on Edo voters to carefully scrutinise and vote for competent candidates ahead of the March 18 House of Assembly elections.

The Spokesman of the group, Comrade Solomon Idiogbe, told newsmen in Benin that the elections should be about voting people who have the capacity to carry out legislative duties that would develop the state.

Idiogbe also condemned those pursuing personal political vendetta of impeachment of Gov. Godwin Obaseki, adding that impeachment could lead to crisis even before the elections.

He said “the issue of impeachment as being bandied around by some political leaders and their supporters could potentially lead to crisis even before the elections.

“This will distort the existing peace in our dear state and we all know that there can never be progress without peace.

“We condemn in all ramifications and in strong terms those fomenting trouble by propagating the impeachment agenda or negative plans even before the elections.

“We are calling on Edo people to declare propagators of impeachment as persona non grata in the state because a progressive Edo state is dear to us all not crisis.

“We support the smooth transition of government to government, which is from incumbent to whoever shall be elected in 2024 through democratic process.

“Therefore, we must be supportive of peace to avoid another lockdown of the King’s square and the House of Assembly as we have often seen in recent past.

“We have carefully taken a look at the policies and programmes of the governor even though some of us are among his fiercest critics.

“We implore Edo people to take a keen and sincere look at the governor’s policies and programmes and more importantly be fair in judging him,” he said.

According to him, “we make bold to say that having x-rayed his projects, policies and programmes, we are convinced that the governor may not have done badly.”

The group, therefore, called on Edo citizens to come out en masse to cast their votes for their preferred candidates. (NAN)