- …calls for peaceful election in Ekiti
The Special Adviser to the President on Political Matters, Prof Rufai Ahmed Alkali has congratulated the new National Chairman of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief John Odigie-Oyegun and other members of the executive committee on their election.
In a statement in Abuja, Prof Alkali applauded the APC for the successful conduct of its first national convention and election of officers that will steer the affairs of the party in the next few years
He said their election is coming at a very critical period in the nation’s political history when the country is preparing for elections and urged the new leadership of the party to use their position to strengthen democracy and douse tension associated with electoral contest.
According to him, a very robust and constructive opposition political party that puts the interest of the country above every other consideration is what Nigeria needs and urges the new APC leaders to ensure peace and development of Nigeria tops their agenda.
On the June 21 governorship election in Ekiti state, Prof Alkali called on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), political parties, governorship candidates and their supporters to work in harmony to ensure successful poll in the state.
According to him, President Goodluck Jonathan has laid solid foundation for conduct of free, fair and credible polls in the country and all hands must be on deck to ensure the people of Ekiti state are allowed to exercise their right to elect their leaders without let or hindrance.
He charged the candidates and political parties to shun violence, electoral malpractices, malicious propaganda and every act that may undermine the peaceful conduct of the governorship election in the state.