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Onwuliri extols Jonathan, urges Nigerians to accept election result in good faith

Posted: Apr 13, 2015 at 9:10 am   /   by   /   comments (0)

By Anolu Vincent – Senior Correspondent


Minister of State for Education, Professor Viola Onwuliri, has advised Nigerians who are bitter and aggrieved over the results of the last Presidential election to bear with President Goodluck Jonathan who, she said, voluntarily chose to relinquish power in the interest of the nation.

Speaking to newsmen shortly on arrival from Abuja at the Sam International Cargo Airport, Owerri, the minister argued that the action of the President which is unprecedented in the annals of the nation’s political history has made him a hero within and outside the country.

“With all paraphernalia of office at his disposal, the President has the right to stop the election results, cancel them or sack Professor Attahiru Jega, but he chose to accept the results of the election in good faith and also congratulated the President-elect on his victory so that the nation will keep on moving and for us to continue to remain as and single indivisible entity”

The minister, who debunked allegations of electoral malpractices leveled against the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and the INEC by the Imo State Government as laughable and baseless, said, it was officials of the government that stockpiled all sorts of ammunition for the exercise before they were arrested by security agents.

She also descended on the state Commissioner for Information and Strategy, Chief Chidi Ibeh, for what she called his spurious allegation against her.

Onwuliri insisted that the commissioner, who was reportedly manhandled by soldiers on the election day for various electoral offences, was responsible for his woes.

She also exonerated the INEC from government’s allegation of compromising justice and fairness in the conduct of the elections.

On the recent defection of some members of the PDP in the state to the APC, the minister said the party will not lose sleep over any member’s defection to the opposition, adding that the defectors are not indispensable to the PDP.

She urged INEC and security agencies to investigate alleged importation of arms, fake police and military uniforms by the opposition.

“We have put the results of the Presidential election behind us but the South East and the South South will forever remain a no go area for other parties and a stronghold of the PDP,” Onwuliri added.