January 31, 2023

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2023: Shun sentiments, ethnicity throughout presidential ballot, group tells Nigerians


A political assist and Socio-economic organisation, Fusion Nigeria,  has known as on Nigerians to shun sentiments through the forthcoming common elections, particularly the presidential election.

The Director-Common of the organisation, Comrade Sadiq Jikta, who made this recognized whereas briefing journalists in Abuja on Tuesday, mentioned Nigerians can not afford to get it mistaken within the coming election, by permitting faith, ethnic or tribal sentiments to becloud their election judgment.

He mentioned the period of spiritual, ethnicity or tribal causes for electing political leaders had handed and that Nigerians needs to be searching for competence, expertise, and functionality, which is why the group is throwing its weight behind the candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC).

He mentioned although Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu just isn’t a Northerner, they believed that he stands as a unifying issue to unite Nigerians and take the nation to larger heights in all ramifications due to what he did as governor of Lagos state.

Jikta, who faulted the marketing campaign of a preferred presidential candidate advising northerners to vote for a northern candidate, mentioned different candidates won’t be president for a selected part of the nation however can be president for all Nigerians.

“That assertion from a revered presidential candidate was very mistaken and needs to be disregarded. Our legislators ought to have interaction in issue-based campaigns and never character or ethnicity. For him to inform northerners to vote for a northern candidate is mistaken.

“Tinubu is a unifier, who will unite Nigerians much more than a northern president. We must always not permit sentiments to becloud our election judgment so that we’ll not make errors this time. We can not afford to undergo one other spherical of struggling for 4 years once more.

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“Nigerians needs to be clever throughout this era. We have now suffered for too lengthy, and we’d like leaders who’ve selfless curiosity and the individuals’s curiosity at coronary heart. We have to elect leaders with constructive information, that can flip issues round for Nigeria and Nigerians,” he mentioned. 

Fusion Nigeria additionally appealed to the Unbiased Nationwide Electoral Fee (INEC) to make sure that each mechanism that’s wanted to conduct the overall elections is in excellent form and dealing properly in order that complaints won’t come up from any quarters throughout and after the elections.

“We wish to advise that INEC has sufficient time to place issues proper earlier than the elections, so they need to be certain that they get issues proper with out permitting loopholes to come back as hindrances to the transparency, credibility, and equity of the train.

“INEC ought to be certain that the votes of Nigerians rely and the mandates of the individuals are protected. We imagine that if the whole lot INEC has put in place goes as deliberate, regarding the 2022 Electoral Acts, which means we are going to get it proper this time in our electoral course of and the precise president can be elected,” he mentioned.