• CDD commends Buhari, Benin Monarch, Abdulsalami for peaceful election
• Groups decry attacks on women, seeks prosecution of culprits
National Vice Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the South East, Austin Umahi, has said the outcome of the just concluded Edo State Governorship poll rekindled the hope of Nigerians in the country’s electoral process.
Congratulating Obaseki on his victory, Umahi stated that the outcome of the election not only rekindled the people’s hope on the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), but also that the electorate could now dislodge godfathers and enthrone a true government of the people whenever they decide to do so.
“We express appreciation to the Edo people for choosing our party for a better state. Your votes for the PDP have rekindled hope and emboldened other Nigerians that a determined electorate can decimate tyranny and enthrone the government of the people.
“We equally commend the Chairman of PDP, Prince Uche Secondus, for his astuteness and political sagacity, the South-South governors and the entire PDP family on our victory in the Edo election,” he stated.
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He added that the South East PDP was behind the party’s efforts at the national level to return it to the centre in 2023 in collaboration with all Nigerians of good will.
ALSO, the Centre for Democracy and Development (CDD) commended President Muhammadu Buhari for his exemplary leadership during the just concluded Edo state governorship poll.
While presenting its final report on the election, it also praised the Gen. Abdulsalami Abubakar (rtd.) National Peace Committee and the Benin monarch, Oba Ewuare II, for their roles in ensuring a peaceful exercise.
Senior Fellow of CDD, Dr. Jibrin Ibrahim, said the outcome of the poll was a reflection of the will of the electorate, noting that their roles created the atmosphere for the successful conduct of the poll.
He said the independent national electoral commission (INEC) lived up to expectations during the poll monitored by 250 observers deployed by the CDD to monitor the poll.
On her part, CDD’s Regional Director, Idayat Hassan, who deplored the low voter turnout during the exercise, restated the need to reconsider the Justice Mohammed Uwais and Ken Nnamani reports on electoral reforms in the country.
MEANWHILE, the Stop-Violence Against Women in Politics (Stop-VAWIP) campaign, Girls’ Power Initiative (GPI) and the National Democratic Institute (NDI) decried violence against women during the governorship election.
The groups expressed disappointment over reported cases of assault and killings in Ovia South West Council Area, where a woman identified as Mrs. Yado Odogbo of Tolota village was shot dead at polling unit six in Ikoro ward.
Speaking on the need to mitigate violence against women in politics, the GPI and NDI also expressed concern over how women, who constitute over 48 per cent of voters, were disenfranchised and intimidated to vote for a particular candidate during the elections.
Deputy Coordinator of GPI and Coordinator of Stop-VAWIP, Mabel Ekido, said citizens reported incidences of violence against women through a hotline, which was widely publicised ahead of the election.