Enugu based sociopolitical pressure group, Enugu State Citizens Support for Equity and Governance (ESCSEG) has described as untimely, distraction and an invitation to anarchy the political rallies organized across Enugu the senatorial zones of the state.
According to it, such rallies if the aftermath is not well managed is capable of throwing the peaceful state into political crisis.
The group made this known in a statement signed by the State Coordinator, Comrade Onyendozi E Onwe and made available to journalists in Enugu. The statement cautioned the political actors in the state and asked them to jettison incident of hitting up the polity with political rallies and wait when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to officially lift ban on 2023 elections.
The group said, “To the best of our knowledge, INEC has not lift ban on 2023 elections. So there shouldn’t be need for rallies of these magnitude that can breed political crisis in the state especially now state has witnessed high profile assassinations, the statement added.
The statement further described political rallies at this time that focused on Gov. Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi’s successor as indecorous and callous, saying that the administration of Gov Ugwuanyi has made tremendous efforts in the area of security in the state.
The feat, it observed, must not be derailed or jeopardize on the altar of 2023 elections.
According to the statement, “we believe this is time for governance and not politicking. The governor should not be distracted in delivering democracy devidneds to the people of the state.”
The statement questioned the rationale behind the call for governor’s successor now even when his administration still has a ample time in his 8years two tenure. What this imply is asking the governor to abandon governance in search of successor at the detriment of the citizens of the state.
It further advised political actors in the state to channel similar efforts used in organizing the rallies to mobilize eligible voters in the state to avail themselves the opportunity to register in the ongoing continuous voter registration.
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