Ahead of the September 19 governorship election in Edo State, the Coalition for Good Governance and Justice has cautioned politicians not to turn the state to a theatre of war and disenfranchise eligible voters.
The civil society organisation said it was worrisome that some politicians were arming thugs in the state to unleash mayhem during the election.
Convener of the group, Mr Emmanuel Umohinyang, who spoke with our correspondent on Tuesday, urged politicians involved in such acts to have a rethink.
Recall that the Inspector General of Police, Mohammed Adamu, had raised the alarm over alleged arming and movement of thugs by some politicians ahead of the Edo and Ondo governorship elections.
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Umohinyang said “Election shouldn’t be war; it is a celebration of democracy in every election cycle. Edo should not be turned to a theater of war because of the election.
“We advise the key actors in Edo state that if it is true that they have been arming their political loyalists to go against one another, I think they should desist from that.”