Ahead of the forthcoming primaries of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), the member representing Ika South Federal Constituency at the House of Assembly, Hon. Festus Okoh has charged his supporters and other party faithful on the need for peace.
The call for a peaceful politicking was made during an enlarged meeting of Otu-Umunne Group recently.
The lawmaker who is in the race for a 2nd term in office, opined that contesting political offices should not lead to enmity, especially in the same party folds.
According to him, “all contenders for the House of Assembly seat are qualified. Those working with their preferred aspirant should work hard with them, but don’t run down other aspirants”.
“Let us not run politics of Calumny. Pasting of posters should not bring trouble amongst us the aspirants; our supporters should deviate from defacing peoples posters, he maintained.
Hon. Okoh posited that it is necessary to embrace peace, so that anyone that wins the primaries can enjoy the support and backing of other aspirants.
He affirmed that if he doesn’t win, he will work with anyone that emerges victorious at the primaries due to his belief that ‘party is supreme’.
In his words, “people are entitled to vie for positions, but while at it, we should also know that we are one. For those supporting me, do not cause trouble in my name. We are all one.
People should vote us based on our antecedents. I have stated it before that if I am not chosen, I will work with whosoever is chosen, financially and morally. But if I eventually win, I appeal to other aspirants to work with me with their money, manpower and other areas of support, he asserted.
In the same vein, he affirmed that Ika South is a PDP Local Government, saying that there is no vacancy for opposition party.
He called on the youths to resist attempts to deceive them with propaganda’s and false promises, maintaining that Ika Land has not experienced such development in the last 16 years.
He called on all Ika people to vote massively for Governor Okowa, even as he called on those yet to collect, their PVCs to endeavour to do so, ahead of 2019 general elections.