PORT HARCOURT (Sundiata Post) – Dr. Dakuku Peterside, governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in Rivers State has called on voters in the state to make informed choices as they head for the polls on March 28 and April 11. He also urged Nigerians to work towards peaceful elections.
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Peterside made the plea at Corpus Christi Cathedral, Port Harcourt during Mother’s Day celebration by Diocesan Council of Catholic Women Organisation (CWO). He said if elections are the not peaceful, the result will be questioned because it would have failed integrity test. [pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
“Today, I stand before you in appreciation. I couldn’t have asked for a better opportunity because the elections this year will decide the shape of our tomorrow. Sadly, we are polarised because people have taken extreme positions without even sparing a thought about the state of our nation today. They care less about issues of corruption, insecurity, incompetence, impunity, unemployment and infrastructural decay. But these are the issues we must face as we vote.
“We need a governor that will unite our people, consolidate on the gains of the Amaechi era and move our dear state to next level. You know the character of all of us running for governorship. You also know our past and the person to trust. What is very paramount in this election, irrespective of party is vision and character. And who among us is peaceful and likely to bring peace and development?
‘We need a governor that is God-fearing. As Christians, we must reject any candidate that serves other gods. That is why we must put in place the kind of leaders we want. If somebody has been aggressive, bad-mannered, violent and has not been associated with any church, if he becomes governor, he will not change.
”My offer to Rivers people is a God-fearing, resourceful, competent, humble and purposeful leadership. If you don’t go out and vote, then questionable characters will come to power and we will all live to regret it but I know they will not. My wife who is a member of you organisation told me that voting is as important as prayers. While prayers will give you access to God Almighty, voting will give you access to good leaders will work for the good of all”.[pro_ad_display_adzone id=”10″]
Earlier, Peterside had been received by Bishop of Port Harcourt Catholic Diocese, Most Reverend Camillus Etukudoh, who spoke on voter education and the need for Christians to participate in electoral process. He commended Peterside for his thoughts and urged politicians to shun violence as they campaign.