A former Deputy President of the Senate, Senator Ike Ekweremadu, has described the ongoing political crisis in Edo State, ahead of the September Governorship election in the State, as an affront to democracy in Nigeria, under President Muhammadu Buhari’s watch.
Senator Ekweremadu was speaking on the sideline of the Enugu Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Congress, to elect new Executives of the party at the State level.
He said that the people of Edo State should be given the opportunity to exercise their franchise, and elect who they want as their Governor, in the forthcoming election.
Ekweremadu called on all the players, irrespective of party affiliation, to desist from any act that will threaten the young and growing democracy in Nigeria.
His words: “What is happening in Edo State is an affront in democracy, I believe this is not supposed to be so.
“The people should be allowed to decide who their Leader should be, and that is the difference between democracy and other forms of government.
“So, the issue and attitude of bringing in thugs, bringing in security men, to come and determine the will of the people, is anti-democracy; I cannot support that kind of attitude.
“I want to appeal to all the players in Edo State, both PDP, APC, and other political parties, to give peace a chance, and allow the good people of Edo State to elect their Leaders.
“Unless we do that, we are undermining our democracy.”
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