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Published On: Thu, Jan 1st, 2015

Mark, Ekweremadu seek violence-free polls in February

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By Ikechukwu Okaforadi

Senate President David Mark and his deputy, Ike Ekweremadu, on Wednesday, cautioned those he accused of fanning the embers of war ahead of the 2015 polls, to have a rethink, saying the interest of individuals or groups cannot over ride national interest.

They gave the warning in their separate New Year messages to Nigerians.

Mark said, “Nigeria is greater than any group or individual interest. We must also remember that we must have a peaceful country before we can have the platform to pursue our individual or group ambitions.”

Ekweremadu described the forthcoming elections as a potential milestone for the nation’s democracy and development, noting that the longevity of the current democratic dispensation, which surpassed all others before it, was made possible by sacrifice, commitment, and determination on the part of Nigerians.

He said, “The current democratic dispensation is unique in many respects. For the first time, we have been able to transit from one civilian administration to another. We have also enjoyed an unprecedented 15 years of democratic rule.

 

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