Lagos- Lagos Governorship Candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Jimi Agbaje, on Wednesday urged Nigerians to be optimistic that 2015 would be a year of peaceful and credible elections.
Agbaje, in a New Year message released by his Director of Media and Publicity, Mr Felix Oboagwina, asked Nigerians to demonstrate commitment to violence-free and fraud-proof polls.
He commended the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for spending 2014 putting in place structures geared towards the improvement of the electoral process.
“We wish Nigerians a Happy New Year. Everyone must realise that the 2015 elections will usually come and go.
“So, politicians and citizens must work towards holding elections that will not end in bloodshed or lead to the dislocation of the life of ordinary Nigerians,” he said. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”8″]Agbaje said that the road map towards peaceful elections was through electoral sanctity.
“The wishes of Nigerians, as expressed through the ballot box must remain inviolable and sacrosanct,” he said.
According to him, politicians must imbibe the attitude of President Goodluck Jonathan, who has always maintained that his ambition is not worth the blood of any Nigerian.
Agbaje also urged Nigerians to live in optimism that the country would in the New Year overcome her present challenges.
In another message, Chief Flint Obiekwe, Chairman, Chekwas Okorie Presidential Campaign Organization (COPCO), expressed gratitude to God for His mercy, guidance and protection throughout 2014.
“It was a year of political upheavals, economic stagnation, industrial actions, socio-religious unrest and unprecedented terrorism,’’ he said in a statement.
He said that 2015 was a year of decision as the electorate decides and chooses those who will lead the nation in the next four years.
“The February 2015 general election is critical for the survival of our frail democracy.
“We urge Nigerians to exercise their franchise and ensure that they vote for candidates of their choice in all elections, and ensure that their votes are counted and count in the overall result.
“We enjoin INEC to be neutral as an umpire and provide a level playing field to all political parties.
“The need to conduct free, fair, peaceful, credible and acceptable elections cannot be over-emphasized.
“The world is watching us, we must prove anarchists and prophets of doom wrong, by being decisive, firm, courageous and patriotic in our conducts and actions ahead of February 2015 polls,’’ he said.
According to him, it is time to vote for credible candidates, build a strong, virile, prosperous nation and restore the glory of our fatherland. (NAN)