Isoko Mirror Editorial

The need for political parties to conduct a violence free primary elections.

As primary elections of the political parties draw nearer, the political gladiators are seriously politicking through their canvassers to draw support from the party delegates that will cast their votes to decide which aspirant should be the flag bearer of their political party in the 2023 general elections.

It is obvious, therefore that the aspirants involved in this political terrain usually embarked on a lot of visitations with large retinues to formally consult and inform those in their constituency, especially the traditional rulers for blessings, prominent persons, including the ward excos their intention to contest whichever position they intended to contest.

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Inspite of casting aspersion on each other, there has been no physical attacks recorded in other parts of the country.

On this basis, therefore, there is need to condemn the recent physical attacks on the entourage of Bashorun Askia Ogieh during his consultation visit to the PDP chairman of the Isoko north LGA is worrisome and it should not be condoned by any discerning Isoko person as this period of politicking should not be a do or die affair.  There should be some kind of decency and sense of responsibility in the game.

It is our duty to appeal to all the political gladiators to shield their sword as attacking each other will not yield the needed result, but, focus on the Isoko electorate by telling them what they intend to offer if, elected is more important at the moment.

It is on record, whether we accept it or not, one fact remains that the Isoko nation is still seriously lagging behind in terms of critical infrastructural development compared to other ethnic groups. The Isoko men and women focus should be on how to  elect the right persons to fastrack some these development.

Fighting each other at the moment, instead of dwelling on issues based politics,  will not yield the right dividends of democracy.

It is crystal clear to say that, as one party family,  the dissipating energy of all contending aspirants should be towards the party delegates on why they should be voted as the party flag bearer in the forthcoming general elections is very paramount.

Instead, what we are seeing in Isoko in the last couple of weeks is disgusting as the primary aim of the party primary elections is being defeated.

On a final note, we urged the political parties involved in this exercise to deem fit to conduct a violence free primary elections, just as we equally appealed to all participants in this exercise to conduct themselves in an  orderly manner

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