Following President Muhammadu Buhari refusal to signal the amended Electoral Invoice, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Delta State, Dr. Festus Okubor has urged Nigerians to be further vigilant throughout the 2019 normal elections to make sure that the individuals’s needs usually are not subverted.
Okubor, a former Chief of Workers to the state authorities, exonerated the Nationwide Meeting from the problems generated by the non-assented invoice, and put the blame squarely on the door steps of the President and the All Progressive Congress (APC).
Talking in Asaba throughout an interactive session with members of the Correspondents’ Chapel of the Nigerian Union of Journalists (NUJ), Delta State council, Okubor opined that the President and his party weren’t occupied with credible elections in 2019, noting that the justifications put ahead by Buhari for withholding his assent had been unlucky.
“The justifications that I’ve learn are most unlucky, very unlucky. What it tells me is that we’ve got a authorities that’s not occupied with credible elections which is one thing to fret everybody at this cut-off date.
“For me, what the president has finished is a name on all Nigerians to be extraordinarily vigilant and proactive to make sure that whether or not he likes it or not, Nigeria should maintain credible elections subsequent yr. Votes should rely and we don’t must go up in arms to make sure that the consequence that will likely be declared will mirror the desires of the individuals.
“Look, what is apparent is that he (Buhari) has no real interest in credible elections, that’s my very own opinion. Each time the navy stated they had been going to re-introduce democratic observe, there was at all times jubilation within the land. Nigerians love democracy, we wish democracy, and no one ought to beneath estimate the will of the common Nigerian to have credible election,” he stated.
Dr. Okubor condemned vote shopping for in no matter guise, and referred to as on voters to worth themselves and worth their votes, observing that the campaign in opposition to vote shopping for should be collective in an effort to stem the tide.
In accordance with him, “The price of an individual’s vote is the worth of his personal life, and if his life is invaluable, nothing ought to make him promote his vote as a result of there in lies the facility for us to attain an incredible nation or for us to proceed to wallow on the trail of mediocrity.”
On subsequent yr’s governorship election within the state, Okubor acknowledged that the principle opposition party within the state, the APC is simply too enmeshed in disaster to present the PDP and incumbent governor, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa combat.
He stated the nationwide chairman of APC, Adams Oshiomhole was solely day dreaming when he boasted that APC will take over Delta State in 2019, saying that the PDP could be very ready and vigilant to make sure that the want and can of the voters in Delta state prevails.
Okubor acknowledged that steps will likely be taken to make sure that all stakeholders within the election administration course of do the best factor, noting that any try and do the incorrect factor will likely be stoutly resisted.
“Given the experiences of issues we’ve got seen round, we will likely be very vigilant. We’ll encourage INEC, as an illustration, to do the best factor. We’ll discourage them from doing the incorrect factor. And we can even assist them to know that it’ll not do them or the nation any good to do the incorrect factor,” he added.
Okubor insisted that Governor Okowa has carried out credibly up to now three years to deserve re-election, urging the voters not be to deceived by the propaganda of the APC and its governorship candidate, Nice Ogboru.