BY OGOCHUKWU MAUREEN
Apex Igbo socio-cultural organization, Ohanaeze Ndigbo Youth Council Worldwide has lauded the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, and the security agencies over the successful conduct of the off-season elections in Bayelsa, Imo and Kogi States.
The group who made the commendation in a statement by its National President, Mazi Okwu Nnabuike shortly after the conclusion and declaration of winners of the election said, contrary to predictions by bookmakers, security agencies were able to provide adequate security before and during the elections.
According to him, “the feeling all over the country was that it was going to be a theatre of blood in the three states. Many people believed that blood would flow freely during the elections.
“However, security agencies were up to their responsibilities, such that no life was lost but for the unfortunate incident during the collation of results in Brass, Bayelsa State. We sympathize with the family of the deceased and urge security agencies to fish out his killers.
“Having said this, we earnestly laud the various security operatives deployed during these elections; though a few of them compromised, a greater percentage of them demonstrated a high sense of neutrality and dedication to duty.
“We also congratulate Governor Hope Uzodinma of Imo State and Usman Ododo, the governor-elect of Kogi State.
“We, however, urge them to be magnanimous in victory, just as those who lost in the election should accept the hand of fellowship.”
The Ohanaeze youth president also hailed voters in Kogi State for conducting themselves properly contrary to the thinking that there would be bloodbath.
He said now that a winner had emerged, “we urge the political actors in Kogi State to respect the will of the masses and join hands with the governor-elect to move the state forward.
“We call on INEC to ignore the call by few persons to cancel the result of the already announced. Those aggrieved with the outcome should seek redress in court.”
Okwu equally hailed the INEC for delivering what he called “a credible election in the two states.