Group under the auspices of Concerned Edo Leaders of Thought (CELT), has expressed mixed feelings and reservation over the alleged crisis being introduced into the politics of Edo state, especially as it affects the Governorship Election coming up in the State on Saturday.
The group in a statement signed by Dr Mike Asemota and Elder Sunny Idugboe, President and Secretary of CELT respectively, after an excruciating meeting in Benin City noted with dismay the tention and crisis of confidence that pervades the atmosphere of the state at the moment, which they observed was no doubt affecting the socio-political climate of the state, just as it also observed that it is affecting the ingenuity and creativity of the people of the state.
CELT, therefore, enjoined political gladiators in the state, especially the governorship candidates in the Saturday election to eschew violence and play the game according to the rules and regulations.
While urging the Security Agencies to call to order the political gladiators that are perpetuating or causing political tension in the state, without fear or favour, CELT also charged the INEC to conduct a free and fair election in the state, in accordance with the electoral rules and regulations as stipulated in the Electoral Act, and in the Constitution.
“Similarly, we advised the law enforcement agencies not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to compromised the election, as well as calling on the people to come enmasse and vote their conscience”
The group maintained that Edo State had been devoid of crisis, tribal or ethnic wars since its creation, therefore warned against campaign of calumny and disorderliness that could throw the state into rancour.
Saying, election is not a “do or die” affair, where if I can’ t get it now the state will be plunged into crisis” we therefore advissed on the need to see yourselves as brothers and sisters”, the group declared
Concerned Edo Leaders of Thought (CELT) is a non political, non religious and non governmental body which comprises of eminent sons and daughters across the three Senatorial District of Edo State, saddled with the goal of promoting the upliftment and well – being of the indigenes of Edo people.