By Chioma Onuegbu
Uyo—GOVERNOR Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State has expressed confidence that Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, will win Saturday’s governorship election in Ekiti State, saying elections are won and lost through ballot papers and not use of force.
Governor Emmanuel, while fielding questions from newsmen shortly on arrival at the Ibom International Airport, warned against use of security to intimidate the electorate and tasked Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, on truth and fairness.
According to the governor, “we don’t also expect the Army at polling booths; we don’t even expect them at elections. Police is enough. It is just to guide people and make sure there is peace and order.
“Any attempt to intimidate people means we don’t want democracy to survive. Elections are won or lost on ballot papers accessible to only those with voter’s card.”
Governor Emmanuel added that the newly-formed coalition of political parties was a beginning of the search for people who can actually provide the good leadership Nigerians have been asking for at the centre.
He expressed happiness that sincere people were determined to make sacrifices by taking a decision to look beyond party lines for the future of the country, lamenting the difficulty and stress so many states have been passing through to pay salaries because they were starved of statutory allocations by the Federal Government.
He added that “it robs off on everybody, what we’ve built overtime, investments lost and the private sector almost wiped out.”