Anambra State Governor-elect, Chukwuma Charles Soludo, has been lectured by the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) on how to treat his opponents in the just concluded governorship election.
Naija News reports that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC on Wednesday morning declared the former governor of the central bank of Nigeria as the winner of the 2021 Anambra State gubernatorial polls.
A declaration that has been accepted with good remarks by the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Giving an advisory hours after Soludo’s victory, CLO Chairman in Anambra, Mr Vincent Ezekwueme, urged the Nigerian economist to be magnanimous in victory by embracing and appreciating his contenders in November 6 governorship poll.
“Soludo should embark on peacebuilding and healing processes by reconciling all citizens irrespective of political affiliations,” Ezekwueme said while interacting with newsmen in Enugu on Wednesday (today).
Ezekwueme admonished Soludo to run an all-inclusive administration to deepen democracy.
The CLO chairman expressed his gratitude to God for the success of the election which according to him, reflected the aspirations of the electorate despite difficulties and some shortcomings.
He said: “Soludo should spare no efforts to ensure sustainable peace and discard services of sycophants, praise-singers and hangers-on who would want to sow seeds of discord for their own selfish gains to the detriment of the state and democracy.
“In a wise assertion of the latter. Nnamdi Azikiwe that we should always make friends not enemies, think about the best not the worst of others.
“Pertinently, Soludo should admonish his supporters not to cast aspersions on defeated candidates and their political parties to douse tension in the state.”
Ezekwueme extended his sermons to supporters of Soludo, urging them to give other candidates at the poll respect and a sense of belonging, noting that ‘losers today may be winners tomorrow.’
“He should extend the hand of friendship and fellowship to other contestants, which is the beauty of democracy,” he said.
Ezekwueme said that it would be an act of patriotism for contestants in the poll to display in words and actions political intelligence by not only accepting the outcome of the election but also congratulating the winner.
“We implore the contestants, most importantly, not to engage in unnecessary litigation over the poll,” Ezekwueme added.
Soludo emerged winner of the governorship election with 112,229 votes to defeat Valentine Ozigbo of the Peoples Democratic Party, who got 53,807 votes, and Andy Uba of the All Progressives Congress who got 43,285 votes. Senator Ifeanyi Ubah of the Young Progressive Party polled 21,261 votes to come fourth, Naija News reports.
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