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Ekiti Governorship Election, Window To 2019 General Elections – AU

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The African Union Economic, Social and Cultural Council (AU-ECOSSOC), has described the July 14 governorship election in Ekiti state, as a window through which the whole world can peep into the Nigeria 2019 general election.

It said the success of the election will enhanced and strengthen Nigeria’s diplomatic and economic ties across the globe.

The organization, which is an affiliate of African Union(AU), advised the people of the state to shun moneybags and other forms of inducement in the poll, saying the country can’t afford to have a malfunctioned electoral process , which he said would bring bad about governance and corruption.

Addressing reporters on Monday in Ado Ekiti, the Nigeria representative/ chairperson in charge of social affairs and health in AU-ECOSSOC, Dr Tunji Asaolu urged electorate to build on the gains garnered in the 2015 elections, which he said was substantially credible according to internal observers.

He stated  that for investors to come to Nigeria to partner with governments in building the economy that the country must be politically stable, cautioning  that the influential members of parties should desist from manipulating the primaries for this task to be achievable .

While stressing the importance of free and fair election to stability and progress of a nation Asaolu disclosed that the body will begin aggressive sensitisation of the electorate in Ekiti on the ills inherent in votes for cash syndrome, describing this as worst thing to ever happen to any society.

“If you sell your conscience on the day of election or at the primaries, your rights as a citizens cease to exist from that point.

“You can no longer request for good roads that you deserve or ask for qualitative education for your children as a right and other things you are entitled to as a citizen. That is why it is important for you to vote freely for whoever you think will represent the people well.

“Nigeria’s prestige this time is on the line, the civilised world will not accept anything short of free and fair election neither would Ekiti state citizens accept irregularities or business as usual.

“Everything is going right at the moment for Nigeria: The economy is getting stronger, Nigeria is regaining her confidence after being away from diplomatic circle and finally playing significant role of the giant of Africa.

“For Nigeria to arrive and take her distinguish seat among the comity of nations, she must first and foremost get the election right this time”, he advised.

For Ekiti poll to be largely credible, Asaolu recommended that, “For primaries to be free and credible, delegates must be allowed to choose their preferred candidate. Violence must not be triggered through imposition of candidate that is not the will of the people.

“Thuggery and hate speech should be avoided and money should not be used to cajole our people.

“Again, the INEC must be truly independent to be able to discharge its duties and there should be a right legal framework that will guide the conduct of our elections in Ekiti”.

 

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