As the 2019 general elections begin this Saturday, the Founding Fathers of Abia State (FFAS) has charged Abians to be peaceful and eschew violence during the polls.
FFAS says this could be achieved if the people would of good conduct at the polls.
In a Goodwill Message the group sent to all political parties and the people of the state on the national general elections, titled “Charting a new political direction for the good people of Abia State,” FFAS warned that no blood should be shed during the contest.
The statement endorsed by FFAS Director of Communications, Engr. Prof. Anthony Nzeako, and Coordinator of FFAS, Bro Ezenwa Odimuko (EnyiAbia), read in part:
“The Founding Fathers of Abia State send fraternal greetings and good wishes to all political parties and good people of Abia State engaged in the ongoing campaigns for general elections into the various political positions at both State and national levels.
“At the same time, as the elections draw nearer and the general atmosphere is progressively heating up, it has become very necessary for us as fathers to sound a note of caution on good conduct to all the stakeholders in the elections.
“Above all, borrowing from the words of former President Goodluck Jonathan, the Founding Fathers of Abia State have to caution all and sundry that ‘no political ambition is worth a drop of blood of any Abia citizen.’”
The elders explained that the essence of politics “was all about serving the public good,” stressing that “there are no reasons why political campaigns should become warfare, where political opponents are considered as enemies that must be crushed at all cost.”
FFAS noted that “considering the prevailing circumstances in Abia State,” it was “praying and hoping for the emergence of a new political class from the forthcoming elections that will chart a new political direction and fortune for the good people of Abia State.”