A political pressure group, MoveOn Nigeria, has commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) over its decision to postpone the Anambra Central Senatorial re-run election previously scheduled to hold this Saturday.
The commendation was contained in a statement issued to journalists in Abuja and signed by its National Coordinator, Mr. Clem Aguiyi.
According to the group, the move by INEC showed there is the hand of God in the affairs of Anambra Central Senatorial Zone where the people have been mourning and crying to be given the opportunity to freely elect a candidate of their choice.
He said INEC action further raises hope that Nigeria may eventually return to the path of true democracy where institutions of government respect court rulings.
“INEC has demonstrated resoluteness in helping to consolidate the rule of law in Nigeria and ought to be commended”, the statement said.
The national coordinator explained that INEC’s decision to postpone the election will help create a level playing field for all the parties, especially now that a court of competent jurisdiction has ruled that PDP should participate in the election.
The group regretted that it was the confusion over the disqualification of PDP by INEC that panicked Senator Uche Ekwunife, the PDP flag bearer to jump into APC so as to enable her run for the re-election.
“It’s now left for PDP to quickly put its house in order and validate the candidacy of Mrs. Uche Ekwunife if it is serious about participating and winning in the forthcoming re-run, since it is only the candidates who previously ran for the election that will participate in the re-run.
“The People’s Democratic Party must realize that it has no choice but to field Ekwunife whose brief tenure as Senator and stewardship as Member of the House of Representatives has been that of responsibility and accountability.
‘By now, PDP ought to know the price of losing elections hence the need to close ranks and validate the nomination of Ekwunife who, on record, has been on the winning streak since her foray into politics”, the statement added.
In reaction to statements credited to the APGA candidate Chief Victor Umeh which cast aspersion on Justice Anuli Chikere (JSC) and her ruling on the matter, the group expressed worry that Chief Umeh could descend so low as to castigate a jurist intoning that the politician is desperate to become Senator.
“What is shocking is the impudence with which the APGA candidate is pursuing his agenda. It is becoming clear to all and sundry that he is afraid of facing any tough opponent. He is a solid politician but if you ask me I will tell you this is not his time to become a Senator. He should first of all work hard to change the awful narrative that has built up around him and his style of politics”, the group stated.
MoveOn Nigeria reiterated its commitment to democratic principles and expressed willingness to work hard towards ensuring the same is entrenched in Anambra State where elections are known to be acrimonious.
“We will continue to collaborate with relevant institutions and especially INEC to ensure that the rule of law is respected”, the group stated.
– Francis Moses