A Group under the auspices of FCT Observers and Good Governance Association, has advised politicians who hide under pressure and are bent on tarnishing the image Minister of State for Federal Capital Territory FCT, Hajiya Ramatu Tijani Aliyu, to stop forthwith.
The Coordinator of the Group, Mr Cletus Barnabas in a statement expressed displeasure over the campaign of lies against the Minister of State, discribing her as a woman of peace who through out her tour of peace across the FCT area councils have championed peaceful co-existence and violent free Saturday February 12 election in the Territory.
The statement notes that rather than politicians concentrating on how to convince FCT residents to vote for their party or candidate during the poll, they have decided to make the campaign of lies against Dr Aliyu for their inordinate ambition and selfish interest.
“ This is the first in the history of FCT that a serving minister for state went out to campaign massively for unity and visited traditional rulers, various religious bodies, youths leader and encouraged them to maintain peaceful nature during and after the forthcoming elections while some sponsored groups have concentrated on the Minister of State rather than themselves” He stressed.
According the statement, the FCT Minister of State will not relent in supporting the security agencies to ensure a level playing ground for all political parties and the safety of FCT residents during and after the elections.
“It a well known fact that conducting a smooth election is not the responsibility of the FCTA alone but solely lies in hands of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC and also those of the electorate working in tandem with all stakeholders, including security agencies, civil society groups, the mass media with community and religious leaders and organisations.
The statement therefore, enjoins politicians and groups to stop using such cheap blackmail and political propaganda against the Minister or FCT administration.
“I urge contestants to use the Council polls to truly demonstrate the unity of all Nigerians, regardless of ethnic, religious or political affiliations” the statement added.