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Tambuwal cautions politicians against threats to democracy

2015-03-04 13:09
Nigerian President Goodluck Jonathan and presidential candidate of the ruling People's Democratic Party (PDP) embraces leading opposition All Progressive Congress presidential candidate Mohammadu Buhari during a conference to promote non-violence att ~ STRINGER

Abuja - The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Alhaji Aminu Tambuwal, has cautioned politicians against acts capable of truncating the country's democracy.

Tambuwal gave the advise while receiving a delegation of the Nigerian Civil Society Situation Room led by the Coordinator, Clement Nwankwo, on Tuesday in Abuja.

He said that the warning became necessary because some individuals were not interested in free and fair elections.

"It is very clear that certain individuals are not interested in a free and fair electoral process.

"We should respect the wishes of the people and the will of God," he said.

He stressed that if the electorate decided who to lead them, their verdict should be respected.

Also read: Lagos urged to vote wisely in upcoming poll

The speaker therefore called on all stakeholders in the unity of the country to work together for its growth.

He called on politicians to be brave enough to accept election results even when such results did not favour them.

He also advised the media to be mindful of the nature of political adverts and programmes they broadcast, and urged them to ensure that they conformed to the rules and ethics of their profession.

‎Earlier, Nwankwo said that comments by Nigerians that elections would not hold as scheduled could be tragic.

"We are making the point that the dates of the elections are so close to the handover date, so it will be intolerable to postpone the elections again," he said. 

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