Politics

Imo guber : Sen. Anyanwu warns supporters against responding to hate speech

 

…says, I won’t castigate fellow aspirant to gain undue advantage

By Damian Duruiheoma, Owerri

Ahead of the general elections in 2019, one of the governorship aspirants in Imo State and member representing Imo East Senatorial District in the Senate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu has warned his supporters not to respond to any hate speech directed against him by any of the governorship aspirants or their supporters.

This is even as he vowed to publicly disown any of his supporters who, in whichever guide, uses hate speech against any of his fellow governorship aspirants or their supporters in the course of the electioneering campaigns for the purpose of giving him undue advantage.

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Briefing journalists in his house in Owerri, Senator Anyanwu, who vowed that he would not be found to be using hate speeches against any of his fellow political aspirants or anyone else throughout the electoral process ahead of 2019 elections or thereafter, directed all his followers, advisers, financiers and religious prayer warriors not to use his name, position and ambition for the use of hate speeches on his fellow aspirants or their supporters.

According to Anyanwu, who wants to govern the state in 2019 on the platform of the PDP, “There’s life after elections. Life does not begin and end in contest. Since democracy in 1999, different parties have emerged with people leaving from one party to the other because of individual interest and changing ideology and have been working together since then”.

It was the senator’s opinion that since words, and speeches travel faster than body language, and actions are now made faster by the social media that have made the world a global village, “a hate speech can by a push of a button be placed in the hands, eyes and ears of the world in a second.

“Unfortunately, these presentations and descriptions of one’s character, handwork, goodwill in a pulse and deliberate political propaganda in order to gain advantage of the opponent either by the principal or his/her agents and followers are not retractable until death of the victim.

“A few words spoken in anger can quickly destroy a long lasting relationship. For no matter how sorry you are thereafter, the memory of your barbed remarks may leave a lasting scar”

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He said it was in consideration of this that he decided to promote good brotherhood, neighbourhood and comradeship in the quest to seek support by all aspirants of all political parties, particularly the governorship aspirants of the state.

Senator Anyanwu insisted that genuine adherence and practice of the new political environment would be the foundation to generation of Imo people yet unborn, adding that it would place the state as a pace-setter among the comity of states of the federation as a once most peaceful and cleanest state in Nigeria. He said he would in practical implementation of the new political environment, commence visitation of all his fellow contestants for the governorship position and other positions across all political parties operating in the state, because to him, “Imo is the issue and our campaign should be issue-based”.

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