Senate candidate of the All Progressive Congress (APC) for Central Senatorial District and Chairman, NDDC governing board, Senator Victor Ndoma-Egba has bemoaned the political violence that occurred over the weekend in Etomi community of Etung Local Government Area of the state.
According to a statement by the candidate’s media aide, Hon. Sunny Udeh and made available to Cross River Daily, the unfortunate situation which is said to have involved supporters of the APC and the PDP is alleged to have been triggered by the destruction of billboards and posters of candidates of both political parties.
Hon. Udeh recalls that Senator Ndoma-Egba had earlier condemned the so-called billboards war that started in Calabar in late December 2018 and spilled over to Ikom a few weeks back.
He went further to recall that the same situation repeated itself in Etung and escalated into a bloody confrontation leading to the use of dangerous weapons to inflict severe bodily injuries on human beings is totally unnecessary and unacceptable, no matter the circumstances.
“The Senator therefore urges everyone to sheathe their swords and let calm return. Politics should be played with the fear of God and with conscience.
“Politics should be played with a deep sense of decorum and respect for humanity. Politics should be played within the ambit of law and order. We are a civilized people and must live and act to reflect this at all times,” the statement reads in part.
“As the elections approach, Senator Ndoma-Egba charges all the law enforcement agencies to be alive to their responsibilities and calls on all political supporters to desist from inciting, carrying out or participating in political violence. The sanctity of human life and the right to free association should be respected at all times,” Sunny Udeh said.