The 2016 Edo Governorship Candidates Forum (EGCF), on has made an appealed to politicians to eschew from politics of bitterness, especially as the 2019 general elections approaches.
The forum made the call at an end of year party organised by the forum in Benin.
The forum chairman who was the governorship candidate of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) in 2016 guber poll, said politicians own it a duty, first, to guide against anything that would undermine peace in the country.
He called on politicians to guide against hate speeches and utterances capable of heating up the polity.
He said since election is all about contestation of ideas, politicians must go about selling their party’s manifestoes to the electorates without going personal.
While warning the youths not to allow themselves be used by those desperate for power, Gbajumo expressed optimism that the 2019 elections is a year Nigeria would further consolidate on it democratic growth.
“We must hever guide against repeating all the abnormally that heralded the 2015 general elections where name dropping and character assassination became the order of the day,” he stated.
Gbajumo who described the forum as a unique one and first in the history of the country, said the the decision to create the EGCF is to give support to the governor who emerged from the poll of candidates during the elections.
According to him, “It is impossible for every candidate in an elections to emerge victor and election is all about contestation that we expect that candidates for such election should remain friends after such contestation.
“Just as the winner in an election has ideas on how to better the lot of the people while in office, It is also our believe that those who lost out do also have beautiful ideas they can share with the person who emerged victorious.
“That is exactly the essence of this forum; to contribute our quota to the development of the state by assisting the governor or government in power.
“For the fact that you didn’t win an election doesn’t mean your ideas are inferior or that you can’t contribute in the development of the state or the country as t case may be.”
The forum who commended Edo Gov. Mr Godwin Obaseki for the development stride recorded by his government, said they would meeting soon with the governor to appreciate him.
“We are using this medium to send send a strong signal and commend the governor for the being done in Edo. We, as a forum are not unbelievious of the wonderful work he is doing infrastructurally and institutional reform.
“While we are also not unmindful of what he is doing to decongest the state in the area of traffic challenges, but we however have some areas which we think the government can improve on or should do something about.
“These are what we feel we will share with him when meet with him. We need to share our ideas with him. After we are done, he can do with the he needs and discards the ones he feels he doesn’t need”.