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Edo 2016: Ogiemwonyi, Others Call For Peace

Chris Ogiemwonyi
Posted: May 31, 2016 at 6:00 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

Francis Onoiribholo

Benin – One of the All Progressives Congress (APC), Governorship aspirants Engr. Chris Ogiemwonyi, and other political parties’ aspirants in Edo state have agreed to embrace peace, before, during and after the governorship election.

Addressing the alumni association of Ambrose Ali University during a peaceful march to mark the Democracy Day celebration in Benin City on Monday, Engr. Ogiemwonyi said that he welcomes all that would agenda peace before, during and after the Governorship election in the state.

He noted that Democracy abhors violence in all it facets, adding that for the nation to grow, it must pursue and sue for peace as violence has not done any nation good and as such no Edo State citizen should allowed himself to be used to promote violence.

According to him, “peace is just like what air is to life. Oxygen is what you cannot do without. Without oxygen, there is no life.

The same thing peace is synonymous with democracy. If you want to have democracy, you must have peace. That is why I supported this program this morning. For the way foreward for the future, we must say no to violence especially violence to the destruction of life, of property, of anything own by government.

“Today, we are in darkness in Nigeria, the power sector is undergoing a comatose situation because people of the Niger Delta are breaking pipe lines. We say this to them that the suffering we are going through today is not just people outside Niger Delta but the people of the Niger Delta are equally suffering from the low power section” he said.

Engr. Ogiemwonyi enjoined all political aspirants to disabuse the minds of their supporters of any acts or utterances that negates peaceful election noting that no man has monopoly to violence.

“For the September election in Edo State, we enjoined all the aspirants to tell their wards, their supporters to say no to violence. There are statements, there are innuendoes that, that day, there will be mayhem. Please, tell your people, violence is no one man’s prerogative.”

Also speaking in support of the peaceful election in the state, the governorship aspirant on the platform of Labour Party, Mr. Amos Aralogbe said that the party will always embrace peace and work with whoever emerges as the governor of the state should the party loses out in the election.

“There is nothing good in violence at all. For me and my supporters and the Labour Party, we are supporting peace. Even if it turned the other way round, it does not call for violence. We will always support and stand by whoever wins the governorship comes 2016”, he added.

However, the Chairman Nigeria Union of Journalists, Edo State Chapter, Sir Roland Osakue stressed that the union will do all in its power to bring anyone who breaches peace before, during and after the election to book.

Earlier, the organizer of the peaceful march, Comrade Aghahowa Andy, said it was a part of the alumina contribution towards promoting peace and consolidate on the nation’s nascent democracy as the country marks the democracy day.