The Deputy Speaker of the Ekiti State House of Assembly, Mr Olusegun Adewumi, has urged President Muhammadu Buhari, who is the presidential candidate of the All Progressives Congress; Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the Peoples Democratic Party and other presidential candidates to emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan in displaying statesmanship throughout the election period.
Adewumi, who made the appeal in a statement made available to our correspondent in Lagos on Saturday by his media aide, Mr Charles Akinola, recalled that Jonathan’s display of statesmanship during the 2015 presidential election saved the nation from chaos.
The deputy speaker said the forthcoming elections would define the future of Nigeria while appealing to contestants to shun violence and inflammatory remarks in order not to plunge the nation into a serious crisis.
He said the future of Nigeria would be further determined by the outcome of the general elections, urging politicians to play the game by the rule.
The statement read, “The elite must show commitment to democratic ethos by allowing the people to freely choose whomever they desire, while citizens must also prove that sovereignty rests in them by resisting vote buying and other monetisation of the electoral process that could submerge their will.
“The leading presidential candidates should emulate former President Goodluck Jonathan’s rare display of statesmanship during the 2015 presidential election. His action saved the nation from chaos.”