Ex-Governor Uduaghan calls for credible, violence-free polls
Dr. Emmanuel Uduaghan, former governor of Delta State, has called on Nigerians, particularly Deltans, not to see the forthcoming general elections, starting with this Saturday’s presidential and National Assembly polls as a do or die affair.
According to Uduaghan, who was governor of the oil-rich state between 2007 and 2015, there was need for all political players to ensure that the elections were violence-free which represent the wishes of the electorate.
In a statement personally signed by the former governor on Thursday, Uduaghan said it would be “evil and devilish” for anyone to resort to violence on account of the approach all-important elections in the country.
He stated that the country and Delta State had experienced enough violence in the past and called on all eligible voters to embrace peace before, during and after the polls.
The statement titled “2023 General Elections – A Call For Peaceful Elections!” read, “In the next few hours, most of us will be going to our voting units with our PVCs to vote for our choice candidates, starting with the Presidential and National Assembly elections. The results will produce mainly fresh hands to occupy the various offices being contested for. Hopefully, the fresh hands will produce a new Nigeria.
“The campaigns have been intense with participants and their supporters criss-crossing the country, states, local governments, wards, voting units and even homes. In the media, including the social media, the campaigns have also been quite intense.
“The international communities have taken keen interest in the campaigns and upcoming elections. Key amongst the issues are the twin challenges of transparency and violence. As Nigerians, the responsibility to handle these challenges is in our hands.
“The elections should not be a do or die affair. The spirit of winning at all cost must be discouraged. Resorting to violence is evil and devilish. A lost election today, can be won at a future election. However, a lost life today can never be brought back.
“I am therefore using this medium to appeal to us all to be transparent and avoid any form of violence. We have experienced too much violence in Nigeria and Delta State in particular. Let us go and vote in peace. A peaceful election is a win for us all.”
Adamawa APC reverses suspension of SGF, Boss Mustapha
The Adamawa State executive members of the All Progressives Congress (APC), has dismissed the purported suspension of the Secretary to the Government of the Federation (SGF), Boss Mustapha, from the party by his ward, as an exercise in futility.
While addressing journalists on Thursday, in Yola, the state Chairman of the party, Samaila Tadawus, said the alleged suspension of the SGF is a joke taking too far.
“APC Adamawa State chapter has reversed recent alleged suspension of the SGF by party exco in its Gwadabawa Ward, Yola North Council,” he said.
The visibly angry Tadawus accused the opposition party of sponsoring the suspension ahead of the coming re-run of governorship poll in the state.
Tadawus, who described the suspension as unconstitutional, null and void, and is of no effect based on the Constitution of the party, directed all opposition parties to stay away from APC activities.
The APC state Chairman directed the Yola-North Council executive committee to constitute a disciplinary committee immediately and recommend appropriate actions against those that were involved in what he described as disgraceful act.
Abaribe urges INEC to declare Alex Otti as Abia governor-elect
Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe, on Tuesday asked the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) to declare Dr. Alex Otti of the Labour Party the Abia State Governor-elect.
Abaribe, a chieftain of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), toldNews Expresson phone Tuesday that Otti won last Saturday’s election.
“Everybody wants this evil government by Okezie (Gov Ikpeazu) in Abia to end,” Abaribe stated.
He added that “PDP does not have the spread as required by the law to win the election, no matter how much money they have bribed the INEC.
“PDP has only six LGA in this election and that cannot give them a win. The Obingwa result they’re contesting, we know how many voters the BVAS accredited. We will not accept anything more than that. Enough of PDP’s rigging in Abia,” said Abaribe.
‘My victory is justice for my murdered brother,’ Chukwu, Enugu East senator-elect says
Enugu East senator-elect, Kelvin Chukwu, has thanked the people of the district for electing him to represent them, just as he said that the victory represents for justice for his slain elder brother, Oyibo Chukwu.
Recall that Oyibo was the candidate if the party for the district but murdered and burnt inside his vehicle alongside his personal assistant three days to the election, prompting INEC to reschedule the election.
To fill the gap, Labour party rescheduled a primary election where Kelvin Chukwu, the young brother was elected in a primary election contested by two other candidates.
He went ahead to defeat Chimaroke Nnamani, former governor of the state and the incumbent senator of the district who was the PDP candidate.
In a thank you message to the constituents, the Senator-elect said his victory “is a victory for justice, a victory for the poor and down trodden and a victory of good over evil.
“May I most humbly say a word of appreciation to His Excellency, Peter Obi, the presidential candidate of our great party, whose trail blazed the goodwill for this success.
“To the Labour Party leadership at all levels, and the Obidient family, your catalytic resolve to usher in a new Nigeria polity made this victory possible, and I will never forget.
“I thank all of you who in one way or the other was part of this struggle. It is the struggle for the liberation of the people from the strong hold of those who want to hold them down, and who would go to any length to attain and keep political power. It is a victory for which a very great price was paid with the blood of Elder Barr. Oyibo Chukwu. It is a victory for justice. A victory for the poor and down trodden. A victory of good over evil. A victory for our democracy and of a credible electoral process.
“We must now begin the process of healing and reuniting the people who have spoken very eloquently through their votes. I will strive to be a Senator for all, including my opponents. I sincerely ask for your cooperation to succeed in the very big task ahead of us. I pray the Almighty God to grant us the renewed spirit to serve you well.
“I thank the electoral umpire INEC and urge that you continue in the trajectory of resisting to be compromised in delivering credible elections.
“I dedicate this victory to all of you, and the spirit of the hero of this our struggle, Elder Barr Oyibo Chukwu, my elder brother who was murdered because of his struggle for liberation and social justice. I pray for the continued repose of his soul”.
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