…tasks INEC on peaceful conduct of inconclusive elections*
The Association of Practitioners of Community Media in Nigeria (APCOM), the umbrella body of community media practitioners in the country, has congratulated the newly elected Governors across Nigeria on their victories at the just concluded governorship and State House of Assembly polls held over the weekend.
The association enjoined the elected leaders to commit themselves to people-oriented programmes and initiatives as a means of repaying the confidence reposed in them through the electioneering process.
APCOM also tasked the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) on a peaceful and efficient completion of inconclusive elections in a number of affected states; in the process ensuring freedom from intimidation, protection of life and property, and also guarding against all manner of assault on electoral officials.
Commenting, the President of the Association, Mr. Dayo Akintobi stated: “The victories of the Governors-Elect across the respective states *are* an indication that their communities are interested in the fresh ideas promised to them during the electioneering campaign. We urge all elected leaders to commit their efforts to sincere actualisation of these plans, promises, and manifestos in next four years of their leading the sub-national institutions and offices.”
The Association wished the newly elected officers a successful tenure in office, stating that the electorate expects the incoming office holders to implement initiatives targeted at developing the various states and at grassroots levels.
“We urge the elected officials to adopt the same style and vigour employed in seeking votes for governance in all ramifications,” Mr. Akintobi added.
On the inconclusive elections in Adamawa, Kano, Benue, Plateau, Sokoto, and Bauchi States, and the planned supplementary elections to be held on Saturday, March 23, 2019, APCOM reiterated that it is in the interest of the nation that INEC should ensure freeness and fairness of the exercise.
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