A ballot box filled with ballot is pictured before being counted by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) at a polling station in Yenagoa in Bayelsa State ~ PIUS UTOMI EKPEI
Yenogoa - South-South and Middle Belt leaders, under the aegis of the Congress for Equity Change (CEC), have accused the All Progressive Congress (APC) of using tribal and religious sentiments to discredit President Goodluck Jonathan’s government.
According to the leaders, who met at the Bayelsa state Government Banquet Hall, they would no longer tolerate the APC’s use of tribal and religious sentiments to discredit Jonathan’s administration.
Speaking after their meeting, the leaders expressed worry over the trend in which APC campaigns are based on tribal and religious sentiments, rather than achievement and performance, Daily Sun reports.
They disclosed that they would not sit and watch while one of their kinsman, President Goodluck Jonathan, was being denied a second term in office because of defamatory statements against him.
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The national chairman of the CEC and former senate president, Senator Ameh Ebute, explained at the meeting that the resort to tribal and religious campaigns was not acceptable to the minority tribes in Nigeria, describing it as provocative.
Speaking at the beginning of the meeting, the governor of Bayelsa state, Seriake Dickson, commended the conveners of the meeting and their support for President Jonathan’s re-election bid.
He said: “Let me say that there is no way a new Nigeria can be created without groups and interest, coming in unity that would crystallize a new vision. Some people are shocked that a new Nigeria is coming on board, a vision of a equal Nigeria; a Nigeria where no one is discriminated upon. It is a new Nigeria in which our past leaders dream of.”
Others present at the meeting included the deputy governor of the state, Rear Admiral John Jonah(rtd); former governor of Taraba State, Rev Jolly Nyame; a former governor of Anambra State, Chukwuemeka Eziefe; Senator Rowland Owie, a former member of the House of Representatives; Tunde Akogun, a former military administrator of Plateau and Kastina States; General Lawrence Onoja(rtd), a former minister of health; Professor Unochukwu Madike; and the Ijaw National leader, Edwin Clark.
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