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Feb Poll: Benin River Vanguard warns against violence

By Charles Adingupu

Barely one week after President Goodluck Jonathan visited Warri, Delta State, to seek Itsekiri’s support on his re-election bid, the National Coordinator of the Benin River Vanguard, BRV, Mr. Anthony Okotie, has cautioned politicians against violence and campaign of calumny.

Okotie, who sounded the warning in an interview with Vanguard, said that feelers have shown that candidates of opposition parties who are hell bent in clinching victory at the poll seemed to have thrown caution to the wind as they engaged in campaign of calumny in order to gain advantage over their opponents.

He advised politicians to ensure a violence free election by focusing on issue-based campaigns that would enlighten the electorate on their cardinal programmes.

To this end, he enjoined some faceless group of persons who are currently working against the candidature of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, flagbearer in Warri North, Mr. Michael Diden, in the forthcoming election to desist forthwith.

He assured that Ejele, as a grassroots man, appreciates the current realities of the people in Warri North.

According to him, Ejele is sellable material and like Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, victory was already assured for these two PDP flagbearers in the state.

He enjoined people of Delta State, particularly residents in Warri North Local Government Area, to jettison sentiments but to make a wise choice by electing someone who can deliver the democracy which over the past years had eluded the people.

The BRV National Coordinator who, however, hailed the composition of the governorship aspirant of PDP, Dr. Okowa’s campaign team, disclosed that the group was already working assiduously in ensuring victory at the polls.

He extolled the virtues of the Director General of Okowa’s campaign team, Dr. Joseph Otumara for bringing his vast experience to bear on the campaign team.

“With Otumara leading Okowa’s campaign team, PDP will focus on issues rather than throwing tantrums at opponents and engaging in frivolities that would be inimical to the democratic process,” he said.


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