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Presidential Election: Representatives Seek Peaceful Poll

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Abuja, April 15, (THEWILL) – The Chairman of the House of Representatives Committee on Media and Public Affairs, Hon. Eseme Eyiboh has called on Nigerian electorates to conduct themselves in a peaceful and orderly manner as they exercise their civic responsibility by voting for the next president of the country.

Eyiboh who made the call in a press release in Eket today said it is only in an environment of peace and tranquility that credible and free elections could be conducted explaining that violence and rigging undermines all known tenets of democracy.

He appealed to the electorates to “reciprocate the peaceful and positive disposition of President Goodluck Jonathan and his vice, Arch. Namadi Sambo by turning out en masse and vote for the sustainability of the strategic reinvented and humanly driven leadership of the present administration as epitomized by the President Jonathan”.

According to him, the electorates would have “to do this in the circumstance we found ourselves by voting for the Nigeria of our collective urges and aspirations” adding that killing of fellow human beings in the name of elections was “evil and condemnable”.

The House spokesman advised the electorates to eschew regional and religious sentiments but instead vote for leaders that are widely accepted by Nigerians and have the capacity to transform the country.

The lawmaker who represents Eket Federal Constituency of Akwa Ibom maintained that with the good showing by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in conducting last Saturday’s National Assembly election, Nigerian have every reason to support the electoral umpire by filing out peacefully.

He commended INEC for a job well done but advised the commission not to rest on its oars insisting that there is room for improvement to enable the country achieve a “free, fair, credible and acceptable elections, which would stand the test of time”.

“I must commend Prof. Attahiru Jega and his team at INEC for doing a good job by restoring the people’s confidence in the electoral process in the country. With the outcome of last Saturday’s elections, many Nigerians are convinced that their votes could count after all.

“So, I doff my hat for Jega and the Federal Government for providing the enabling environment for the elections that we had last week. This goes to show that Nigerian is on course to greatness and all Nigerians must play positive roles for us to attain that level.”