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Published On: Tue, Aug 4th, 2020

Edo, Ondo elections: Labour leader calls on stakeholders to maintain best democratic practices

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From: Femi Oyelola, kaduna

The Labour Party Gubernatorial Candidate in the 2019 election in Kwara state Comrade Issa Aremu has called on stakeholders in the forthcoming Gubernatorial elections in Edo and Ondo state to maintain the best of democratic practices so as to compliment the efforts of INEC in conducting free and fair.
He made the assertion while speaking to the media in kaduna yesterday.
According to him the two elections slated for September and October is the litmus/ acid tests for the country democracy.
Aremu advised that the campaign should be issue based and depersonalized, saying elections are between brothers and sisters of the same states not with unknown aliens.
He added Whoever wins, whatever party wins will not have indivisible water supply or road networks. All of us are winners once there is a good governance.
“In the case of EDO state, the burden for peaceful and free elections lies on the statesmanship of both the incumbent governor, Godwin Obaseki and his predecessor, Comrade Adams Oshiomhole.
“The responsibility is on Comrade Oshiomhole, two term Governor , former chairman of the ruling APC and a member of National Institute whose motto is towards a better society.
“The sound bites from EDO are not encouraging. In fact the languages of Campaign too dangerously personalized and unhelpful too.
“ Political opponents are what they are: NOT “snakes” to be hounded. Candidates are NOT commodities but candidates whether they win or lose are still friends and brothers. Not all is fair in politics.
“Certainly hate speech, hate innuendoes and remarks that promote violence and belated apologies are unacceptable. Comrade Adams is permanently hunted by unsavory remarks about Pastor Ize Iyamo which as political irony had it turned to be the flag bearer of the APC today. Democracy is about being measured, being serious so that we can be serious again.
“No politician is absolutely bad or absolutely good but good governance is Indivisible and desirable.
“And that is what we must work for. As somebody who has been involved in Edo project since 2006/ 2008, I bear witness that Oshmhole who campaigned on the mantra of one man, one vote should not in unnecessary desperation slide into one man should go , no peace mantra.
“Conversely Godwin Obaseki has the singular responsibility to be fair to all as contestant-incumbent!
“He should avoid the pitfalls of “conflicts of interest and interest in conflicts”. It’s bad enough that this election takes place under a pandemic that has no cure
“But this is why all actors in Edo and Ondo elections must be measured and sober in the knowledge that only those alive will vote and be voted for”he said.

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