By Simon  Ebegbulem

BENIN—AHEAD of this year’s governorship election in Edo State, the Onojie of Uromi, HRH Anslem Aidonogie II, has called on politicians in the state to avoid utterances and comments capable of turning the state into a theatre of war.

Consequently, he warned that the killings that took place in Rivers State during the recent elections in the state must not be replicated in Edo State.

The Onojie, who stated this when he received a governorship aspirant of Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, and former state representative on the Board of the Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Mr Matthew Iduoriyekemwen, in his palace in Uromi, Esan North East Local Government Area of the state, condemned what he described as hate campaigns.

He urged  political actors to sell their manifestos to the electorate rather than using abusive words.

He said: “The killings we witnessed in Rivers State just because of elections must not be allowed to happen here.

‘’Politicians must learn to confine themselves to the rules of the game and not abuse each other as if the election is a do or die matter. Several lives are gone today in Rivers and those lives can never come back.

“So, as both the APC and PDP prepare for their governorship primaries, let there be peace so that people can participate actively in the political process”.

While commending Iduoriyekemwen for making himself available for the governorship race, the monarch pointed out that his  experience both as a two-time lawmaker in the state House of Assembly and tenure as NDDC Commissioner qualified him for the herculean job.

Responding, Iduoriyekemwen, who earlier met with PDP lawmakers and other leaders of the party in Uromi, said his visit was to solicit  the support of the people ahead the primaries of the party.

“I believe that I am the most qualified PDP aspirant because I have been there for the party since 1999. So I know the problems of the state and those of the party and I intend to make Edo State great again,” he said.

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