By Agene AKHERE, Benin
The Benin Forum, a socio-cultural group in Benin, has urged all stakeholders in this month’s general elections to play by the rule setting up the game.
The Forum added that the call for the shift of the February election by a section of the public is unacceptable and could cause chaos and anarchy in the country.
Speaking at a press briefing in Benin City, Edo State capital, the Esogban of Benin, Chief David Edibiri, who explained that the Benin forum is the apex body of all Benins home and abroad, said the forthcoming elections would not disintegrate the country.
He, however, warned “politicians, members and supporters of political parties to maintain approved ethical standards, before, during and after the elections so as to ensure a free, fair and credible elections that will be accepted to the civilised communities of the world and good conscience.”
He stated that the 2015 general elections would be peaceful and violence-free, adding that the call for the postponement of the February election on grounds of the ongoing distribution of the Permanent Voters Cards (PVC ) for the shift in date is “mischievous, unpatriotic in all intent and purpose and a direct invitation to chaos and anarchy.”
Edibiri while urging all eligible voters, who have not collected their PVCs to do so immediately to enable them participate in the forthcoming general elections, said those who are against the conduct of the elections are those defecting from one political party to another.
The Esogban of Benin stated that such character is not helping in the building of a stable cultural political ethos stressing that, “the elections must hold in February 2015 as scheduled to save our nascent democracy.”