2023: Inuwa sues for peaceful, free, fair, credible elections
By Auwal Ahmad, Gombe
Ahead of the tomorrow’s Presidential and Parliamentary elections, the governor of Gombe state, Muhammadu Inuwa Yahaya, has stressed on the need to ensure that such elections are peaceful, free, fair and credible.
The Governor made this statement on Friday at the State-Wide Broadcast in Gombe, the state capital, emphasizing the importance of elections in democratic culture.
“It is with deep sense of responsibility that I address you today on the importance of elections in our democratic culture, and on the need to ensure that such elections are peaceful, free, fair and credible.
“In less than 24 hours, you will be expected to, alongside other eligible Nigerians, proceed to your various polling units in order to cast your votes to elect the leadership that will steer the affairs of this country for the next four years.”
According to him, the freedom to choose leaders is among the fundamental tenets of democratic tradition to promote accountability in governance and guarantees the peaceful and orderly transition of power from one administration to another.
He expressed confidence in the electoral process and the professionalism of the country’s security agencies, adding that they had witnessed innovative reforms by the Independent National Election Commission (INEC) that are aimed at improving the efficiency and credibility of the electoral process.
Inuwa charged Gombe people to elect a credible man that would succeed President Muhammadu Buhari, who has exhausted his constitutional limit of two terms, as well as electing those who will represent them at the national assembly.
He said, “Your future lies in your PVC. Therefore, use it wisely by electing a leadership that will help in uniting the country, promote its peaceful coexistence and deliver shared prosperity to all Nigerians.
He implored the people to create a conducive environment for the conduct of the elections, appealing to all political parties, individuals and groups to shun all forms of violence and incitements before, during and after the elections.
“The peace, unity and stability of Gombe State (and by extension Nigeria) are bigger than the political ambition of any individual or group. In my responsibility as your governor and chief security officer, I took an oath to protect our hard-earned peace and stability. I will not allow nor tolerate any attempt to undermine the elections in order to serve the evil agenda of any individual or group.
“For us in Gombe State, we have a tradition of peace and diversity that we deeply cherish. Since the First Republic, Gombe is reputed for its political non-violence, tolerance and stability. We approach elections as a family affair, devoid of rancor, ill-will and bitterness. I’m committed to upholding that tradition, and to providing the enabling environment for our people to freely exercise their franchise.”
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