A coalition, Campaign for Dignity in Governance (CDG), has expressed confidence in the conduct and the activities of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in the last Presidential and National Assembly elections, describing the exercise as most peaceful in the annals of the country despite incidents of violence in some few areas.
The coalition, comprising Centre for Peoples Rights (CPR), Action for Democracy, Democratic watch Group (DWG), Progressive Volunteer (PV), Activist for Good Governance (AFGG) Aged People’s Initiative (APG) Movement for Women and Children Rights (MWCR), among others, who were accredited INEC observers, said this at a press conference which took place at Ogba in Lagos.
CDG president, Comrade Razaq Olokoba, who addressed newsmen, said the submission of the coalition was based on series of reports from its members who took part in the election as observers across the country, even as he called on Nigerians to exhibit the optimum level of patriotism as the country needed their support at this moment.
“We want to express confidence in the conduct and the activities of INEC in the last Presidential and Parliamentary election that held on Saturday. We have received a series of reports from our members who took part in the election as observers across the country.
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“So far, it has been very satisfactory. Nevertheless, there is a disregard-able incident of violence in a few areas of the country, but recorded history of Nigeria shows that this election is the most peaceful and well organized in the last 5 elections that have held in Nigeria.
“We call on all Nigerians that this time we should all exhibit an optimum level of patriotism, the country needs all our support at this moment and all other time we must be determined and resolute in standing with INEC. The result announced by INEC should be the most authentic and acceptable to Nigerians,” he said.
Olokoba, while expressing confidence and support ahead of the outcome of the results that would be announced by INEC, promised that the coalition with other groups would continue to do its best in the best interest of Nigeria.
Speaking further, he dissociated the group from those it described as playing the spoiler role and “making themselves available as a willing tool in the hand of the reactionary politicians,” maintaining that the will of the people had been expressed through the ballot last Saturday and no force could upturn it with any fabrications and concocted figures and unsubstantiated data.
“Nigerians are way beyond this type of primitive politics and ventures, our country must continue to work. Nigerians have demonstrated that they have risen above this type of reactionary machinations.
“We and all the election observers that mean well for the people of this country will continue to objectively inform Nigerians the right and the true reports as we proceed. We encourage INEC, the security agent and all the institutions and apparatus of government that is involved in the last election to remain focus and resolute. Nigerians have taken a resolve to stand by IINEC and all of the institutions,” Olokoba declared.
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