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General News of Sunday, 1 January 2023


Mark to election losers: don’t go to court, congratulate winners

Former Senate President, David # Former Senate President, David #

Former Senate President David Mark on Sunday urged losers of this year’s general election to congratulate winners rather than go to court.
He called for an end to politics of bitterness.

In a statement by his Special Adviser, Paul Mumeh, Mark said: “All the stakeholders: Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), political parties, security agencies, Media and civil society organisations (CSOs) should take it as a call to national service to ensure hitch-free polls.

“I crave for an electoral process that is devoid of irregularities.

“I hope for an election result that will not attract litigation where the loser willingly congratulates the winner.

“This is the foundation and a sure way towards the socio-political and economic emancipation of the country.”

He noted that Nigeria has had a chequered political history in terms of electioneering challenges and hoped that the past experiences will guide the conduct of the 2023 elections.

Mark was optimistic that the outcome of the 2023 elections would be satisfactory to all stakeholders if all the actors comply with the rules of the game.

He warned against electoral violence that may portend grave danger for the country and urged candidates to educate their supporters against any act that could undermine the process.

Irrespective of different political affiliations, Mark reminded political gladiators that everything must be done to protect and preserve the interests and territorial integrity of the country, saying: “Whichever way it goes, we have no other country than Nigeria”.