The electoral body wants politicians to learn to accept defeat in elections
The All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to critically evaluate every election it has conducted in order to address all established lapses and improve on them in subsequent elections.
The party also reminded Nigerian politicians that democracy was not a destination point, but a work in progress and therefore should be disposed to imbibing the basic tenets of the system of government and manifest same.
The party stated this in a statement by its National Director of Publicity, Ifeanacho Oguejiofor, on Monday.
While praising INEC for the successful conduct of the governorship election in Anambra State, which it won, APGA said the expectations of Nigerians from the Commission in the coming year was enormous, especially as it prepared for the 2015 polls.
The party asked politicians to develop the spirit of fair play and sportsmanship and learn to accept an outcome of free, fair and credible contest, especially in defeat as well as engage in the campaign of ideas, issues, better alternative policies and the way forward for Nigeria, rather than that of calumny, deception and threats, in order to acquire political power by all means.
“APGA admonishes politicians to learn to always separate their selfish interests from the national interest, for the utmost good of all Nigerians,” the party said in the statement.
“Moreover, APGA enjoins Nigerian politicians, especially their supporters, to strive to play by the rules with good conduct, moral decency, acceptable decorum and patriotic zeal, devoid of thuggery, undue criticism, negative protest, divisive and destructive opposition, blackmail, falsehood, propaganda designed and calculated to misinform the general public, with the covert intent to cause confusion in the polity.”
The party also prayed for 2014 to be “a defining moment, a turning point and a new political paradigm shift,” when a greater number and a large percentage of credible, tested, enlightened and selfless Nigerians with honest means of livelihood, but with very passive political interest and strong attitudinal indifference to governance, would generally change their mindsets and take off the toga of passivity.
While wishing its members and all Nigerians a peaceful, remarkable, prosperous and outstanding 2014, the party urged them to work assiduously and selflessly in the New Year with every sense of purpose, for the good, progress, oneness and betterment of Nigeria.
It implored all Nigerians to eschew all negative tendencies and acts capable of derailing the country’s search for a road map to a genuine and sustainable nationhood, her plan for appreciable and uncommon transformation and the march towards real greatness among Comity of Nations.
APGA further exhorted Nigerians to work in towards making the country a peaceful and decent society where people would choose to live in any part of the country without victimization. The party pushed for a place where non-Nigerians would love to visit and be relaxed in, a destination haven for both the local and international businessmen and investors.
“In all, APGA implores all Nigerians in this 2014 to learn to show love, kindness and care to one another, with the understanding that all peoples of the world including Nigerians, belong to the same humanity created by one God, no matter the race, gender, religion or what have you,” the party said in the statement.
“APGA prays for the New Year to be a year that those in authority will muster the needed courage, exhibit the political will and make concerted effort to right the wrongs of our indignant ugly past, which have being haunting us and holding Nigeria and her citizens down, for long.”