- Group has lauded INEC over the conduct of governorship and House of Assembly elections in the southeast
- The group's coordinator, John Nwobodo, said the election was not only free and fair, it met the threshold of international best practices of democratic elections
- Nwobodo also noted that the group was convinced that the INEC performed excellently well in the conduct of the polls
The Coalition of Registered Political Parties (CRPP) in Enugu state has expressed satisfaction with the conduct of last Saturday, March 9, governorship and state House of Assembly elections in the state.
Legit.ng regional reporter in Enugu, Ikpechukwu Chinedu, reports that while addressing journalists in Enugu during a post election press briefing, the coordinator of the group, John Nwobodo, said the election was not only free and fair, it met the threshold of international best practices of democratic elections.
He said: "The coalition notes that the peaceful political environment before, during and after the election was possible due to the peace and security architecture put in place by the executive governor of Enugu state, His Excellency Rt. Hon. Dr Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi."
The group said the election which saw incumbent governor and candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, emerge winner is the best and freest ever conducted in the state since the return to democracy in 1999.
Nwobodo noted that the peaceful political atmosphere which was experience before, during and after the election was possible due to the peace and security architecture put in place by the governor, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi.
He said the coalition has comprehensively appraised and evaluated the conduct of the last governorship election in the state and was convinced that the INEC performed excellently well in the conduct of the polls.
Nwobodo note that the group also congratulated the governor for his landslide victory at the polls and described his return for a second term as well deserved, insisting that the result would not have been otherwise given the excellent performance of the governor in the last four years.
He, however, called on other contestants to accept the defeat in good faith and join hands with the governor-elect to move the state to a higher level of progress and advancement.
“As people of Enugu, we share common goals and aspiration and these include catering for the welfare of the people through provision of basic amenities and infrastructure. We believe the governor is capable of doing all of these” he said.
In related development, the vice president of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ), southeast zone, Comrade Petrus Obi, congratulated the governors of Enugu, Ebonyi, Abia and the governor-elect of Imo state, Emeka Ihedioha, for their victory at the polls.
Comrade Obi made the commendation in an interview with journalists while speaking on the outcome of Saturday’s governorship and state Assembly polls in the southeast.
He said: “The people have spoken through their votes and we must respect their wishes and aspirations.
"Journalists from southeast congratulate these great men on their victory. This victory is for the people who they will serve for the next four years.
“The election on Saturday in Enugu state, which I personally monitored, and other states in the southeast was peaceful and hitch-free. INEC and the electorates played their roles well for the success of the polls at the end of the day.’’
Obi expressed delight that the Governor of Enugu state, Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi, has demystified governance by bringing the people personally close to himself and being there for them when they needed government’s presence.
“Ugwuanyi’s government has continued to touch the lives of the people both as individuals, group or community.
"In about four years into his administration, he had touched each community in the state with one or two highly needed development projects. Ugwuanyi has built more rural roads to the remotest part of the state,” Obi said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng had previously reported that a former presidential aide on Justice Reform, Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, attributed the All Progressives Congress (APC) greatest challenge in the 2019 polls in Enugu state to internal wrangling.
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