Shun political recklessness, group warns aspirants
A civil rights group has urged stakeholders in Anambra’s forthcoming governorship election to exercise decorum.
Voice for the Voiceless (VfV) warned in Enugu yesterday that destroying institutions to acquire political power would not advance democratic principles.
National director of the organisation, Eze Chuks Ikechukwu, said no amount of political power equaled the life of any voter, adding that campaigns must be based on issues rather than character assassination.
Reacting to reports about manhandling of party supporters and destruction of campaign billboards in the state, Ikechukwu cautioned that such acts were capable of truncating peace.
“We are disturbed that politicians have decided to throw caution to the wind and engage in campaigns of calumny. Politics is a game of numbers and it is sweeter when there are issues raised for discussion. Attacking one another is not the right thing. At our level of democracy, we should be engaging parties on issues because that is the way to grow democracy. In doing this, we will consolidate on gains made so far,” he said.
The organisation called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to ensure sanctity of the electoral process by providing equal platform for all parties and candidates.
It warned that to do otherwise was to create chaos and a crisis of credibility, even as it called on security agencies to extend same level of protection to all stakeholders.
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