The Civil Rights Realisation and Advancement Network (CRRAN) has urged politicians in Enugu state to avoid statements that could lead to violence ahead of next Saturday's election.
The President of the group, Barr. Olu Omotayo said that past leaders of the South East were not known for electoral violence, adding that they are think tanks who were more interested in the peoples welfare.
He also condemned a statement credited to a Chieftain of the Labour Party and Senator-elect of Enugu North Senatorial zone what was quoted as saying that the coming election in the state was war.
"A society poised for development needs experienced, tested and learned individuals forming its’ “Think Tank”.
"The society should think aftermath of a movement; how the people vested with powers will use it with experience for the general welfare but not like Animal farm.
"For Example, in Enugu where Senator Okey Ezea made the reckless statement that the gubernatorial election is a war between the Nkanu people and Nsukka people, of Enugu State.
"In the same vein others believe that because they are Peter Obi's disciples or in his party it is their turn or right. Good governance is more than that.
"We submitted that people should be voted for based on their competence and integrity not because they are Nkanu or Nsukka or because they are members of a movement or political parties.
"If care is not taken at the end of the day you have opportunists at the helms of affairs, who knows nothing about governance but stomach infrastructure; it is the society and the masses that will suffer it in the next four years.
"Nkrumah once said it is very dangerous to give weapons to an untrained army.
"It is submitted that radicalism is good in a society but excessive radicalism without ideology if unchecked or unbridled leads to recklessness and chaos.
"The masses also should be able to ask questions before electing their leaders", he said.
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