BENIN CITY – Concerned Edo Leaders of Thought (CELT), a non political, non religious and non governmental body which comprises of eminent sons and daughters across the three Senatorial District of Edo State, saddled with the goal of promoting the upliftment and well – being of the indigenes of Edo people.
The Leaders, after an excruciating meeting in Benin City expressed mixed feelings over the crisis introduced into politics in the state, especially as it affects the 2020 Governorship Election in Edo State.
The group in a statement signed by Dr Mike Asemota and Elder Sunny Idugboe, President and Secretary of CELT respectively, noted with dismay the crisis of confidence that pervades the entire state at the moment, which no doubt is affecting the socio-political atmosphere of the state, just as it observed that it is affecting the ingenuity and creativity of the people in Edo.
CELT therefore advised the political gladiators in the state, especially the governorship candidates in the September 19, election to eschew violence and play the game according to the rules and regulations.
The group urged Security Agencies to call to order the political gladiators that are perpetuating or causing political tension in the state, without fear or favour.
On INEC, CELT charged the body to conduct a free and fair election in the state, in accordance with the electoral rules and regulations as stipulated in the Electoral Act, and in the Constitution.
While maintaining that Edo State had been devoid of crisis, tribal or ethnic wars since its creation, the body (CELT) warned against campaign of calumny and disorderliness that could throw the state into rancour.
CELT similarly advised law enforcement agencies not to allow themselves to be used by politicians to compromised the election, as well as the people to come enmasse and vote their conscience in the election.
It further stated that ” election is not a “do or die” affair, where if I can’ t get it now the state will be plunged into crisis”, advising on the need to see themselves as brothers and sisters.