Don’t turn Edo to battle field, Group warns politicians
By Jimmy Lace, Warri
AHEAD of the July 14th governorship election in Edo State, a Civil Society Group, the Niger Delta Indigenous Movement for Radical Change (NDIMRC) has warned politicians not to turn the state into a battle field, saying the man who will emerge as Governor must deliver or be ready for a mass revolt.
The group in a press statement signed by its President (Nelly Emma), Secretary (John Sailor) and Public Relations Officer (Stanley Mukoro) warned politicians in Edo State against the use of violence to get into power.
According to the group, the use of violence is obsolete and implored those in the Edo State governorship race to caution their followers against engaging in violence.
The group wrote thus; “We are in support of democracy and good governance and this is why we are appealing to all those in the Edo State governorship race to play the game by the rule; there should be no violence; our politicians must not see the governorship election in the state as a do or die affair; our politicians must not turn the state into a battle field as we will not accept this.”
“We have deployed 250 of our field officers drawn from all the states in the Niger Delta region to join our team in the state to monitor the election. We are using this medium to appeal to youths in Edo State not to allow themselves to be used by politicians; they must not allow anybody to recruit them for a bloody job. We want to caution politicians in the state not to bring sorrow, tears and blood to our people in their desperation for power. We are going to monitor the governorship election effectively; the use of force and thugs must not be allowed,” the group wrote.
According to the group also, “We want free, fair and transparent election in Edo State on July 14, 2012. We are calling on the people of Edo State to cast their votes on the basis of one-man-one-vote. Any attempt by any hoodlum to snatch ballot boxes would not be tolerated. All political parties participating in the Governorship election must avoid rigging and subversion of the people’s wish or face the full wrath of the people right there on the spot. Nobody or political party has the right to rig the July 14th Governorship election in Edo State; we are watching politicians in the state with their followers.”
While tasking the South- South Governors to attract massive development to the region and also tackle the insecurity, the group said that; “The man who is going to be elected in the governorship elections in Edo State must spread development to all parts of the state; the state is still crying for development several years after its creation and the man that will emerge the Governor of the state in the July 14, 2012 polls cannot afford to fail the people.”
The group added; “Our people must turn out massively to elect the Governor of their choice; they must elect a Governor that will join forces with other progressive minded Governors to develop the region and we are not going to hesitate to organize a mass revolt against the man who will be elected in the Edo State Governorship election if he fails to meet the yearnings and aspirations of our people after the election as we are tired of failed promises by politicians.”
NDIMRC which prides itself as the watchdog in the region also said that concerted efforts should be made by the South- South Governors to tackle insecurity and poverty ravaging the region and hoped that the July 14th Governorship election in Edo State would be peaceful and bring dividends of democracy to the people.
The group called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to allow the will of the people to prevail in the Edo State Governorship election, saying the common man has suffered for too long in the Niger Delta region.