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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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Tinubu Is Interested In The Wellbeing Of Nigerians- APC Chieftain

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By Joel Ajayi

Ahead of the February 25 presidential election, a member of the National Working Committee of the ruling All Progressives Congress, APC, Tolu Bankole has described Bola Tinubu, the presidential candidate of the party as patriot who is more interested in the wellbeing of the masses than being politically correct .

Bankole in a Press statement he personally sign on Friday in Abuja said, “Loving your country may put you in opposition to those who run it. The strong position expressed by our party’s Presidential candidate, Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu is a show of commitment to a better Nigeria and her endless possibilities.

“True patriotism implies a deep love for one’s country that not only desires the best for one’s fellow countrymen but also demands that the country should pursue its aims with honesty and empathy.

He noted that Tinubu has displayed an ineffable love unequalled in the political history of the world.

“Asiwaju chose to empathize with the masses that have been subjected to untold hardship. The easier option by most party faithfuls would be to say yes or maintain silence to all government programs no matter how discomforting for political correctness. The ability to confront and speak out against some policies of government considered to be anti masses by Asiwaju BAT should be applauded by all.

“Selflessness is exhibited at the most critical moment. Tinubu is not desperate to be President.

“No one puts it better than leadership expert, Jim Rohn when he said: “The challenge of leadership is to be strong, but not rude; be kind, but not weak; be bold, but not a bully; be thoughtful, but not lazy; be humble, but not timid; have humour but without folly”. In the face of the unabating artificial queues nationwide in fuel stations and regrettably at bank ATMs across the country for Nigerians to withdraw their hard earned money; Asiwaju Bola Ahmed Tinubu has demonstrated the rarest of leadership qualities which is empathy.”

The singular act of Tinubu according to him at this critical stage is a clear testimony of his unparalleled leadership.

“It is therefore obvious that Tinubu is pro-masses and a true friend of Nigeria and Nigerians.

“Tinubu Presidency will indeed be Pro-masses, prosperous and progressive.

“Therefore, I want to appeal to all electorates in the forthcoming February 25th Presidential election to cast their votes for Tinubu/Shettima

“This demonstration of pure heart, love for Nigerians and commitment to improve welfare and well-being of all Nigerians will drive his Renewed Hope agenda to tame insecurity; tackle unemployment and turn the economy around for shared prosperity” he said.

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