Edo Governorship Election Group cautions political parties against imposing candidates

Osa-Uto appealed to all political stakeholders in Edo to work for a free, fair and credible gubernatorial election, as well as ensure that all party primaries were legitimate.

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A socio-political group, Ikpoba-Okha Grassroots Mobilisation Network (IGMN), on Sunday cautioned political bigwigs in Edo against imposing governorship candidates on the people.

This is contained in a statement in Benin, signed by the ‎Coordinator of the group, Mr Osakpamwan Osa-Uto.

The group urged Gov. Adams Oshiomhole to wage war against acts capable of derailing the electoral process, within the ambit of his powers, ahead of the Governorship poll, this year.‎

Osa-Uto appealed to all political stakeholders in Edo to work for a free, fair and credible gubernatorial election, as well as ensure that all party primaries were legitimate.

‎‎He said: ``It has become imperative to speak on this issue, against the growing apprehension among party faithful, on the allegation that our governor has adopted a particular candidate.

``Anything capable of creating crisis in the ruling party‎ must be avoided.

``We strongly condemn the imposition of any candidate and use this medium to advice those intending to do so to desist from such act.‎

``We recall when Oshiomhole was coming into power that his slogan was: "No God-fatherism and let the People Lead``.

``We want our governor to ensure that his party holds a free and fair primary and allow the Edo people to choose the right person to govern them.

``The free and fair primary elections that the ruling party conducted in Kogi and Bayelsa States should also be replicated here at home,’’ the statement added.

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