Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, has expressed optimism that the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, would conduct a credible election in 2015.
Managing Director of NDDC, Bassey Dan- Abia, stated this during a one-day voter education workshop in Port Harcourt, Rivers State, to kick-start series of workshops that would cover the nine Niger Delta states.
Dan-Abia explained that the workshop was meant to prepare, equip and empower the people of the Niger Delta for a peaceful and effective participation in next year’s elections.
Addressing participants at the workshop, the NDDC boss said the commission considered it a duty to contribute its quota to ensure the success of the forthcoming general elections in the country.
Represented by his Special Adviser on Youth, Sports, Culture and Women Affairs, Barrister George Turnah, he said that the NDDC must be in the forefront in the quest to get it right in the 2015 polls.
He said Nigeria was blessed with a leader who believes in a transparent electoral process, adding that President Goodluck Jonathan was the chief proponent of one-manone- vote and that he had repeatedly said that nobody’s political ambition was worth the blood of any Nigerian.
The NDDC Chief Executive Officer harped on the need for a peaceful and successful election, stating that the process leading up to the elections was as important as the election itself.
In his presentation, the Rivers State Director of the National Orientation Agency, NOA, Mr. Oliver Wolugbom, said the a lot of things have changed in the electoral process, making it unnecessary to stick with the old habits of engaging in malpractices on election days.
The NOA director said that the theme of the workshop, Citizens Responsibility: Towards a Peaceful 2015 General Elections was very apt as “Nigerians need to have faith in their country and believe that we will get it right this time.”
He appealed to the mass media to help in building the country, rather than sowing seeds of discord, noting that the media and civil society groups were in a vantage position to set the tone of political discuss
National Mirror (Nigeria)