By Tony Nwankwo
Ndokwa National Union, a socio-cultural organisation has called on the Federal Government to continue to promote free and fair election, saying that the stability of any democratic process is a function of free and fair election.
NNU President-General,Â Prof. Steve Okecha, in a statement in Lagos, said â€œAll over the world, stability in any democratic process is a function of free and fair election and we strongly believe in the indivisibility of Nigeria as one sovereign entity.
We, therefore, urge the Federal Government to continue to encourage and promote free and fair election throughout the country.â€
On pollution in the area, he said, â€œThe extent of pollution and degradation of our environment as a result of oil exploration and gas production is beyond comprehension. The damage done to the fauna and flora in our land is unprintable. Gas flaring has destroyed our vegetation. Our rivers and farm lands are heavily polluted.
â€œMost of our people have access only to unsanitary wells to obtain water for drinking and domestic use. Our people now suffer from various ailments, including respiratory diseases attributable to oil pollution and gas flaring,â€ he added.
On the endorsement of some candidates for various political positions by groups in the area, he said â€œsince we are a socio-cultural organisation, it must be emphasized here that it is not our responsibility to endorse anyone or group of persons for elective political positions.â€