A chieftain of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in Ekiti State, Hon. Opeyemi Falegan, has cautioned all the participating political parties in the July 14, governorship election in the state to make their campaigns issue-based in the interest of the people .
Falegan, a United Kingdom (UK) based politician who expressed worry about the spate of violence in the state , said that the trend of ongoing campaigns of hatred, disunity and songs of war by the two major political parties, PDP and the All Progressives Congress (APC) pose great danger and unexpected outcome towards the poll.
The PDP chieftain, who made the call in a statement made available to newsmen in Ado Ekiti, said: “It is more sane and civilised for candidates of all political parties to tell the electorate their programmes and policies rather than the current campaign of calumny and hatred in all nooks and crannies of the state.
“The development has so far, heated up the polity with majority of people of the state now sleeping with their two eyes opened because of unforseen events due to actions and conducts of some of the candidates and their supporters.
“It is unfortunate and disheartening to note that some candidates do not have any manifesto for the people and such candidates are now going up and down, canvassing for votes to become the governor of Ekiti State. The development is nothing but a show of shame and uncivilised in this century.
“The level of political intolerance in the state now could be blamed on lack of good policies and programmes to be executed by some of the candidates to sell themselves to the people in order to win peoples’ hearts during the poll.
“If the trend remains unabated and unchecked before the election, it could, no doubt, lead to unfavourable and ugly political atmosphere in the state and breakdown of law and order of once most peaceful state in Nigeria. This, is what we do not want nor pray for us.
“Ekiti people are enlightened, intelligent and brilliant persons with educated persons per household more than any state of the federation and the trend is always on the increase geometrically yearly.
“People know who and what they want in this part of the country more than many other states but some of our current politicians are using propaganda through hate speeches and pointing accusing fingers to cover up their ineptitude, none or shallow manifestoes to deceive the electorate in the state.
“It is morally right of any candidate to tell the electorate his programmes and agenda, how you put them together, how you intend to execute and the benefits of such to the generality of the populace both at short and in the long run during and after your administration.
“Every government so they say, has policies that sustain its form”, whenever a government is formed without manifesto, the electorate bear the burden of bad governance and mal-administration.
“However it is high time, the electorate in Nigeria began to demand the manifestoes of every candidate standing an election, especially governorship and presidential seats to bring sanctity and decorum into the system,” he stated.