CLO SUES FOR UNITY IN AKWA IBOM STATE
The chairman of the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO), Akwa Ibom State Branch, Otuekong Franklyn Isong, has reiterated his appeal to politicians in Akwa Ibom State to sheath their swords, put behind the 2019 elections and team up with the state government to improve the living conditions of citizens of the State.
Comrade Franklyn Isong who made the appeal while speaking to newsmen in his office on the 32nd Anniversary of Akwa Ibom State creation, on Tuesday, September 24, 2019, noted that, “in the spirit of the anniversary celebration, politicians in the State should in the name of God put away their political parties’ differences and work together in the overall interest of the State and its people,” regretting that Akwa Ibom State has not achieved so much in the past 32 years of its existence because of partisan politics and the “do or die” attitude of political actors.
The human rights group while acknowledging the constitutional rights of Nigerians to seek redress in the court of law instead of resorting to self-help, maintained that the only way the State can move forward and make meaningful progress, is for its political class to imbibe the culture of sportsmanship above political party sentiment.
Comrade Isong called on all the petitioners who filed matters at the various Election Petition Tribunals in the State, challenging the outcome of the 2019 general elections to please put behind the 2019 elections and accept the verdicts of the tribunals in the interest of the people of Akwa Ibom State, noting that, “the machinery of government had already been slowed down 180 days after the general elections because of these tribunal matters and going on appeal will further impose more hardship on the citizens of the State.”
The pro-democracy group reminded Akwa Ibom politicians that; “When two elephants fight, it is the grass that suffers most,” just as Akwa Ibom citizens are the ones suffering the impact of the hardship imposed on the State by the litigations emanating from the 2019 general elections.
The civil society group urged the political elites of the State to close ranks irrespective of tribes, religion or political party affiliation in the interest of the State.