Ahead the September 10 governorship election in Edo State, the Citizen Popular Party (CPP) has raised the alarm that the Edo Civil Society organisations have perfected plans to rig the election.
The Deputy Governorship Candidate of the party, Comrade Uyi E. Smile made this accusation in Benin while reacting to the political programme organised by the Who Civil Society Organisation tagged ‘Edo Civil Society Interactive Session with Gubernatorial Candidates in the September 2016 Governorship Election.’
She said the programme was being segregated into three parts – one day for the APC candidate, another day for the PDP candidate and a day for all the other aspirants.
The CPP accused the organisation of being biased and discriminating against other parties in the state.
She alleged that the civil society group was paid to carry out this segregational programme.
The CPP also called on INEC not to allow the Edo civil society organisations to monitor the election, saying they have already been compromised by a political party.
The CPP threatened legal action if this call is not adhered to by INEC.
According to Comrade Smile: “Edo CPP have come to humble conclusion that, Edo Civil societies are bias, segregative and discriminative. This has been shown in their current programme tagged: Edo Civil Society Interactive Session with Gubernatorial Candidates in the September 2016 Governorship Election. With the programme of events released by the said group. Day 1, Godwin Obaseki APC candidate. Day 2, 17 Political parties and their candidates. Day 3, Osagie Ize-Iyamu.
“After critical evaluation of this programme, it becomes necessary to ask the following questions. How did they arrive at this methodology? Who paid them for this segregation? Which interests are they promoting? Why is Edo civil society playing God?
“Edo CPP hereby call on Edo people and INEC to beware of this open segregation and attempt to read the results before election and confuse the electorates via their diabolic gimmicks to promote and act the script of their pay masters. We bow our heads in shame for Edo civil society”.
Meanwhile, candidates of political parties participating in the September 10 gubernatorial election have been admonished to stay away from lies, black mail, but to embrace peace in the quest to govern the state.
The Penticostal Fellowship of Nigeria (PFN), gave the admonition on Monday in Benin during an interactive session with the governorship candidates.
Speaking at the event, the State Director of Social Security Outreach of PFN, Professor Anthony Ogbeide, emphasied that good governance should be the thrust of religious groups, policy makers, political leaders and the people who are the voters.
According to Ogbeide, the meeting was to streamline ideas, refine methodologies for the interest of the people at large, urged the candidates to be respectful in their campaign statement and desist from lies and blackmail.
He said development, employment, education, equity in sharing of power and resources, moderate lifestyle and accessibility to the people, periodic evaluation and town hall meetings should be prioritized by the governorship candidates as well as leaving a good legacy that would serve as examples to others.
“There should be no campaign of calumny. Use the campaign to respectfully unveil your plans to the people you want to govern. It is not a period of accusations and counter accusations and blackmail.
“Make the voting field peaceful without scaring away voters. Accept defeat when it is so obvious and develop the team spirit for successful governance, enduring peace and security in the state,” he admonished.
In his speech, the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Godwin obaseki, told the congregation that he wants to be Edo next governor to put smiles on the faces of the people of the state, give hope and transform their lives.
He described his ambition as God’s will for Edo people, adding that the outcome is left for God to decide.
“The gain I am expecting is the smiles on the faces of my people, giving hope to people. Yes I will get gain but the gain is being able to transform the lives of our people.
“When we came to Edo, they said there was no money to build roads, schools or even provide basic amenities for the people. Every society has enough money for its basic needs but may not have money for extravagant greed,” he said.
The APC candidate stressed that there was no plan to islamize the state saying, “I am a Christian, I grew up knowing the crucifix and the Bible and it is right for me to promote my faith. We have to understand that there are certain things government can’t do because people can go to court and challenge it,” he said.