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2023 Election: Bitter Politics Won’t Aid Development- Goodluck Jonathan

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Former President Goodluck Jonathan has expressed concern over the negative energy being generated by the political class in the build-up to the 2023 general elections across the country.

Jonathan said this while inaugurating the 1.15 km Afi-Uko Nteghe Uda Bridge on Etebi-Enwang Road, in Mbo Local Government Area of Akwa Ibom State.

The former president, who was present with his wife, Patience, said politics should not be used as an avenue to commit a crime and urged security agencies not to spare offenders.

He said, “I am a bit worried by the negative energy generated ahead of the 2023 elections. We have noticed a level of bitterness in our politics that does not bring development, and I plead with politicians to realise that politics is about marketing your ideas. Politics is not about fighting, insulting, or abusing.

“We have been reading in the newspapers and on social media about how billboards of presidential candidates, and governorship candidates are pulled down by hoodlums, but sometimes they say some governments even support those kinds of things.

 “I believe anybody who commits a crime should not be covered under politics. Arson is arson and is never status-bound, so somebody who commits a crime, like burning houses or killing people, must keep a record, and whatever the investigation reveals, such people should be prosecuted; that is the only way people would stop doing this.”

Jonathan, who described the bridge as one of the longest in West Africa, commended Governor Udom Emmanuel for his developmental achievements, saying his administration has good intentions for the people of the state.

Emmanuel, on his part, said he has satisfied his conscience with his achievements across the state, adding that despite criticisms and the falsehoods peddled against his government, he has tried not to be distracted.

He commended the community for supporting the construction of the project, saying the project confirms his promise to open up the riverine areas.

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Leadership: Power Rotation in Edo State will bring more Unity, fairness-Edo Vibrant Volunteers

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Jeph Ajayi
A group known  as Edo Vibrant Volunteers has called for a rotating leadership positions among different regions or groups within our state saying that  the rotation  will no doubt  promote unity, fairness, and a sense of belonging among all citizens. 


In statement jointly signed by Amb Charity OsagieCoordinator, Prince Smart Okosun Dep. Leader, Chief Mrs Lilian Efe Secretary, Dr. Mrs Edith Okojie Woman Leader and Chief Emsaun IkaMember on Tuesday.


According to the statement,  we write to respectfully express our perspective regarding the issue of power rotation in our esteemed state. 


“While we deeply respect your position and the traditions that have guided our community for generations, we believe it is essential to consider the broader principles of democracy and inclusivity in governance.


“As we strive for progress and development in our state, it is crucial to ensure that every segment of our society feels represented and empowered. 


“Power rotation serves as a mechanism to foster inclusivity and equal opportunity for all citizens, regardless of their background or affiliation.


“By rotating leadership positions among different regions or groups within our state, we can promote unity, fairness, and a sense of belonging among all citizens. 


“This approach also allows for the equitable distribution of resources and opportunities, which are essential for sustainable development and social cohesion.”


The statement added that “Furthermore, embracing the principle of power rotation aligns with the values of democracy and participatory governance, where the voice of every individual matters and contributes to the collective welfare of our society. 


“It fosters transparency, accountability, and the ability to address the diverse needs and concerns of our people effectively.


“We understand that change can be challenging, especially when it involves longstanding traditions and beliefs. However, we believe that embracing diversity and adaptability is essential for the progress and prosperity of our state. 


“By embracing power rotation, we can move forward as a more united and inclusive community, where every citizen has the opportunity to contribute to our shared success.
“We respectfully urge the good citizens of Edo State to reconsider their stance on this matter and to engage in open dialogue with stakeholders from all walks of life. 


“Together, we can work towards a future where our state thrives as a shining example of democracy, fairness, and unity.


“Thank you for considering our perspective, and we  look forward to a lasting solution that will foster the growth of our State. Thus a new Edo is possible”

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