Kwara State Governor, Abdulfatah Ahmed has cautioned political parties and their candidates to shun utterances and slogans in their campaigns ahead of 2019 elections.
Ahmed maintains that promotion of hate speech is capable of rupturing the peace and harmony for which Kwara State is renowned for.
In a statement signed by his Senior Special Assistant, Muyideen Akorede, the Governor said that in view of the campaign ban lifted by the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC), political parties and candidates are therefore mandated to seek votes with caution and avoid any utterances or slogans capable of pitching one section of the society against the other.
Ahmed also revealed that he had received numerous complaints from the public regarding the campaign slogan of a particular political party’s candidate claiming the capacity to stimulate disruption of public order.
Consequently, Governor Ahmed had since referred the issue to the relevant federal agencies for necessary action.
He further stressed that the peaceful and rancour-free campaigns experienced in the state was due to the accommodating and friendly nature of its diverse people as well as the decorum traditionally exhibited political parties and their candidates.
On this premise, the Governor said deliberate effort should, therefore, be made by politicians to respect the religious, ethnic and primordial sensibilities of the people in conducting their campaigns given the prevailing mood of the nation.
He further urged anyone seeking to represent the people at any level in the state to keep in mind the need to sustain peace and harmony as good governance and indeed development can only be achieved in an atmosphere of peace and order that is devoid of tension, mutual suspicion and violence.
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