An aspirant to the Delta State House of Assembly, for the Ndokwa East Constituency seat, Engr. Philip Ugbomah have called on politicians in the state to be tolerant with their fellow politicians, even when they differ in ideology, as intolerance will only breed tension and lack of development in the land.
Speaking on the wake of constant destructions of his campaign properties, such as billboards, the State House of Assembly hopeful, and a member of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, decried the continuous destruction of billboards promoting his ambition to run for the Ndokwa East Constituency seat, as he pointed out that such acts of violence against fellow aspirants, is not the right way to play politics.
“This is the third time I have to replace my billboard along Asaba-Ughelli road, around Ossisa, in Ndokwa East Local Government Area. That people will think, and go out to carryout an act of vandalism against a fellow politician at this stage is not healthy. And I wonder, what message are they trying to pass to the people will intend to represent.”
Engr. Ugbomah who was visibly angry at the continuous act of vandalism against his ambition by unknown persons said such act is not good for the growth of democracy in the state, especially, and it negates the plea for the entrenchment of internal democracy in the parties, and the spirit of free and fair primaries for all aspirants.
“This act of vandalism is not healthy for our politics, especially when it looks as if the act is being carried by people from the same party. This shows sign of weakness on our part individually if we cannot manage our ego, and decide to carry out acts of destruction, against a fellow aspirant. Every one of us is clamouring for internal democracy, and how can we achieve that with such crude thinking and attitudes.” He queried.
Engr. Ugbomah asked those contesting that if they decide to fight against each other as they work towards party primaries, what will they now do after the primary, when one amongst them emerges, as they were to work for the success of the party in the general poll.
“We that are from same party are not supposed to do this to ourselves. Our common goal is to ensure our party wins the 2019 election in the state. We should know that after the primaries, all structure will collapse into one to work for whoever emerges as the sole candidates of the party.”