After a meeting of members of the Ebira Elders Forum, EEF, Lagos Branch held over the weekend in the city, some key decisions were taken with regards to the political situation in Kogi state, particularly the forthcoming campaigns. According to the President of the Forum, Elder Ochu Arudi, this period calls for extreme caution on the part of all aspirants and their teeming supporters. He therefore, enjoined them to eschew all forms of violence, hate speech, as well as insults to persons and places.
Instead, their campaigns should be issue-based; by not only identifying the most pressing needs currently facing Ebira people but how they intend to solve them. There is the additional need for inter-party harmony and tolerance. He reiterated the fact that dissenting opinions and views are part and parcel of a democratic process.
In addition, he canvassed for sustained voter-education of the electorate by all members of the group and concerned elite back home. He equally admonished Ebira people to be protective of their image as a peace-loving ethnic nationality and do everything humanly possible to sustain it.
On her part, Mrs. Abiodun Ogah, the Vice Chairperson of the group expressed immense gratitude to God for sparing the life of Natasha Akpoti, a Senatorial aspirant from a ghastly motor-accident on Sunday along Lokoja-Okene road. She also urged the women folk to get more actively involved in the political process, after which she prayed for peace to reign in Ebiraland.
Other members present at the meeting included Elders Ononivami Sani, Michael Jinaidu, Oyoze Baje, Mike Eneji and Edward Audu .