21 April 2012

Nigeria: Edo Guber - Group Advises Aspirants

A civil society group, the Edo Truth Platform, has called on aspirants in the July 12, governorship election in the state to tread with caution in the choice of campaign issues they sell to their supporters.

In a statement made available to the newsmen by its president, Mr. John Osagie, the group which noted with dismay the attempt by some politicians to blackmail the Comrade Governor Adams Aliyu Oshiomhole with purported pictures of an alleged N10 billion mansion, stressed that what the people of the state require at this point in time is a discussion on what affect them directly.

Osagie pointed out that the people of Edo State are desirous of leaders who truly understand issues of governance and have working knowledge of what is needed to meet the aspiration of the people.

According to him, the kind of messages being churned in the manner exhibited so far, particularly with regards to the purported mansion is obviously done in bad taste and devoid of any sense of responsibility.

While not taking side with any politician, the group noted that even if the value of our currency is in the same range as the CFA, it would still be an outrage for an amount of money in the magnitude the author(s) allege to have been used by the governor particularly when the budget he controls cannot be fleeced to that extent without raising an uproar.

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