An activist, Vincent Ezekwueme, has urged Nigerians to allow the philosophy and patriotism of the June 12, 1993, presidential election to guide them in making choices in the general elections.
The Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had fixed February 25 for presidential and federal parliamentary elections and March 11 for the governorship and house of assembly polls.
On Wednesday, Mr Ezekwueme, the Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) chairman in Anambra, said Nigerians must rise above religion, ethnicity and tribe “if we really want to rescue and take back our country.”
According to him, it will be the greatest achievement for Nigerians to rekindle people’s hope, trust, love and faith in the country by voting for competent, capacity, contentment, meritocracy, prudent, selfless and detribalised Nigerians.
The activist said that Nigerians and generations yet unborn would be very grateful to the present electorate “if we use these general elections to reenact the patriotism, oneness, equality and inclusiveness that characterised the June 12, 1993, presidential election.”
“It is no exaggeration but an existential reality that the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, is the only candidate that possesses these qualities and is more than qualified to steer the ship of leadership of the country for better,” he explained. “Fortunately, the presidential candidate of the Labour Party, Mr Peter Obi, has demonstrated in words and actions that he is a true patriot who is capable and willing to rescue, restore and revamp our country and economy.”
He noted that for the country’s rapid socioeconomic, political growth, development, peace and progress, “let us vote for Peter Obi,” adding that “Obi is the best candidate and has the wherewithal towards solving challenges bedevilling the country.”