AHEAD of the State and National Assembly re-run elections scheduled to hold on March 19, 2016, Magnus Ngei Abe, a senate candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC, has appealed to candidates of other political parties to dissuade their supporters from engaging in violence.
A statement signed by Parry Saroh Benson, spokesperson to Abe, and made available to Realnews, said: “We owe our people the moral responsibility as leaders, irrespective of our political affiliations, to ensure that our supporters shun all forms of violence and thuggery before, during and after the elections.”
Abe enjoined all candidates to lend their voice to the campaign against political violence, saying this would go a long way to saving lives, which no man can create, and checking the excesses of party supporters.
The statement also condemned in its entirety the statement credited Governor Nyesom Wike of Rivers State, that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, officials coming to his state should write their will, describing it as not only inappropriate but also a call to violence.
According to the statement, no INEC officials have ever been summarily tried, sentenced and extra-judicially executed, which is what he is now being called for.
“I appeal to the candidates to be issue based in their campaigns and discuss matters that benefit our people. Candidates should desist from indulging in character assassination, campaign of calumny, attrition and naked propaganda”, it stated.
Also, the statement called on the youths to refrain from making themselves willing tools in the hands of unscrupulous politicians, who want to use them to perpetrate violence for their selfish aggrandisement while, their children are living comfortably and safe overseas.
“Let’s make a difference in this election”, it added.
— Feb 15, 2016 @ 01:00 GMT