Oghomere - Malik Afegbua, a chieftain of the Action Congress of Nigeria (ACN), has urged party members to settle their grievances before the April 20 council polls in Edo state.
Afegbua who made the call on Friday at Oghomere village near Fuga during the inauguration of Etsako Central campaign train for the forthcoming council elections.
He said reconciliation became imperative because "every vote is important and all aggrieved members must come to a roundtable for discussion with a view of resolving all lingering issues, if any’’.
Afegbua who is the party’s Edo North leader and Board of Trustees member said the election, like any other election, was important to the party.
"We cannot afford to lose any vote. In this regard, I am calling on all candidates to extend their hands of fellowship to aspirants who lost out in the primaries,’’ he said.
The ACN chieftain said the party had painstakingly chosen candidates that would ensure its victory at the polls.
According to him, the candidates are not only to ensure victory but also expected to compliment the development strides of the governor of the state.
"All the candidates must ensure development is spread round the nooks and crannies of the state.
"We have warned that no candidate must deliberately concentrate efforts at developing his immediate community to the detriment of other areas in the council,’’ he said.
Also speaking at the occasion, the immediate past Chairman of Etsako Central Local Government Area, Suleiman Bagudu, assured that ACN would emerge victorious in the council polls.
"The assurance for the party’s victory is because the foundation for its success has been laid.
"Excluding state projects, as the immediate past chairman of the council I can say we did a lot that will make the people not to be able to look the other way,’’ he said.
The ACN candidate in the area, Emmanuel Momoh, also highlighted the importance of the occasion.
He said the party deliberately inaugurated the event in the village to stress the importance of people at the grass roots to the political development of the state.
"It is a way of telling the people that we are ready to work for them whereever they may be. It is also a signal that we will take development to the grass roots when we come on board,’’ Momoh said.