A political pressure group, Engenni/Ogbologo United Front in Ahoada West Local Government Area, in Rivers State has called on politicians to shun vices that would tear the people apart and embrace unity in diversity for the overall interest of their area.
The chairman of the group, Mr. Jacob Akuru who made the call Thursday, at Port Harcourt International Airport, said it is only unity of purpose amongst the politician that could guarantee sustainable development for the people.
He urged them to eschew rancour and all forms of unbridled sentiments and to forge ahead as a people in pursuit of common course especially, as 2011 election draws near.
“That you belong to different political party or hold opposing views on strong public issues, does not mean you are no longer brothers and sisters clustered by common problem. You must learn to forgive one another and pursue a common goal”, he said.
He advised those occupying political positions at all levels to always endeavour to carry the people along in the scheme of things and to show genuine interest in the development of youths especially, the unemployed in the area.
Mr. Akuru also emphasised the need for regular consultations with the people at the grassroots so as to be abreast with the feelings of the people, instead of alienating them.
As representatives serving under the administration of Governor Rotimi Chibuike Amaechi of Rivers State, he said, “It is expected that you emulate the good leadership qualities of the governor to enable the full impact of the administration at grassroots”.
The group, however lauded Hon. Hope Ikiriko, the law maker representing the Constituency in the State House Assembly, saying, his peaceful disposition and good representations in the House have marked him out as a leader committed to the development of his people.
The pressure group enjoined the legislator not to relent and urged other political representatives in the area to emulate him and promised the support of the group to any genuine course that can bring rapid development to the area.