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Political Scientist urges Edo politicians to play games according to rules 



A Political Scientist, Prof. Jonah Onuoha, has cautioned Edo politicians and their supporters against violence in the Sept. 19 governorship election in the state.

Onuoha, Head of Department, Political Science, University of Nigeria Nsukka (UNN), gave the advice in an interview with the News Agency of Nigeria on Monday in Nsukka.

According to him, if the current power tussle and political thuggery in Edo continue, winning of the Sept. 19 governorship election in the state by any political party will be tough.

He said: “What is happening in Edo among the politicians in the ruling party, APC and the main opposition party, PDP, is unhealthy and not a welcome development.

“If this power tussle and clashes continue, winning the forthcoming governorship election in Edo will be by survival of the fittest.

“Politicians and their supporters in Edo should respect the rules of democracy, by playing the game according to the rules of engagement,” Onuoha said.

The university teacher decried the recent invasion of Edo House of Assembly by some members and their supporters, as well as the purported impeachment of the speaker by aggrieved members.

“If those we elected to be lawmakers can act this way, what do they expect ordinary man on the street to do?

“Election should not be a do or die affair, but a democratic process for political parties to test their popularity with the electorate.

“I don’t know if the type of government we are practicing in this country is still democracy or it’s  ‘Toutocracy’,” he said.

Onuoha, also the Director, Centre for American Studies in UNN, described the happenings in Edo as “replay of what happened in Ekiti, Osun and Kogi during their governorship elections”.

He, however, urged Edo residents to ensure that they voted for a candidate of their choice on Sept. 19.

“Edo residents should resist all monetary and material inducements aimed at mortgaging their consciences.

“Ensure that on Sept.19, you vote a candidate of your choice, as well as protect your votes.

“Do not vote any party trying to buy your Permanent Voters Card (PVC) or offer you material gifts to mortgage your conscience; such party does not have interest of Edo people at heart.

“As a patriotic citizen, resist being used by any candidate or their supporters as political thugs to cause violence before, during or after the election,” Onuoha said.

Edited By: Folorunso Poroye/Olagoke Olatoye (NAN)

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