The Igarra Development Association (IDA) has raised concerns over the reported cases of violent election campaigns held by some political parties in Edo State.
Therefore, the group has called on all political parties partaking in the forthcoming governorship elections scheduled for September 19, to embrace peace during the process, particularly the two leading parties: Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the All Progressives Congress (APC).
It would be recalled that the two political parties were recently involved in a violent election campaign rally that reportedly left three people wounded, following the shootings that happened during the campaign at Apana, Etsako-West Local Government Area.
In a statement released on Monday, August 17, 2020, signed by the President of the group, Mike Ukana, Coordinator, Uba Salami and Secretary; Edith Aiyede, the IDA urged electorates to vote wisely and embrace peace in the forthcoming governorship elections.
The statement read: “While this is a good opportunity for all registered voters to exercise their rights to vote wisely according to their convictions, it is also important to emphasize the need for an atmosphere of peace, harmony, and tranquility that should go with the electoral process.
“It is however disheartening to hear that the campaigns across the state so far have been tainted with violence in some places. This is very sad, to say the least. Politics will come and go while we remain as brothers and sisters. In politics, there are neither permanent friends nor permanent enemies. The resort to violence and thuggery before, during, and even after the election will only destroy us as people.
“The Igarra Development Association hereby appeals to all, to play the game by the rules and eschew violence in all its ramifications. May God bless us all.”