A socio-political group, Ikpoba-Okha Grassroots Mobilisation Network (IGMN), on Sunday cautioned political bigwigs in Edo against imposing governorship candidates on the people.
This is contained in a statement in Benin, signed by the Coordinator of the group, Mr Osakpamwan Osa-Uto.
The group urged Gov. Adams Oshiomhole to wage war against acts capable of derailing the electoral process, within the ambit of his powers, ahead of the Governorship poll, this year.
Osa-Uto appealed to all political stakeholders in Edo to work for a free, fair and credible gubernatorial election, as well as ensure that all party primaries were legitimate.
He said: “It has become imperative to speak on this issue, against the growing apprehension among party faithful, on the allegation that our governor has adopted a particular candidate.
“Anything capable of creating crisis in the ruling party must be avoided.
“We strongly condemn the imposition of any candidate and use this medium to advice those intending to do so to desist from such act.
“We recall when Oshiomhole was coming into power that his slogan was: “No God-fatherism and let the People Lead“.
“We want our governor to ensure that his party holds a free and fair primary and allow the Edo people to choose the right person to govern them.
“The free and fair primary elections that the ruling party conducted in Kogi and Bayelsa States should also be replicated here at home,’’ the statement added.
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