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Softly, softly -SAN cautions politicians as tension heightens in Imo over election results

By Nick Chibunna

As uneasy calm envelopes the entire Imo state following the cancellation of some results of the last gubernatorial and House of Assembly elections and the subsequent declaration of the elections as inconclusive by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), a legal luminary and Senior Advocate of Nigeria (SAN), Barrister Donald Denwigwe has called for caution in handling the situation.

Barrister Denwigwe, who spoke to Christian Voice on the present state of affairs, expressed worry that the same scenario was witnessed during the 2011 gubernatorial election in Imo State.

he described democracy as freedom of the people to choose or elect their own representatives and wondered why that of Imo state would always end up in a grid-lock.

The former Imo State Attorney-General and Commissioner for Justice specifically appealed to INEC to rise up to the present challenge and conclude the election, so that the rightful winner would emerge and the state saved from the trauma of uneasiness.

Nevertheless, last Monday, supporters of the main opposition party in Imo State, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), took to the major streets in Owerri, Imo State capital, demanding for the release of results of some areas which they claimed they won.

In what has been described as counter-protest, last Tuesday also witnessed the besiege of the Imo State Government House by supporters of the ruling All Progressives Congress (APC), in what they called solidarity visit to their governor, to commiserate with him, in a time like this.

Addressing the crowd shortly after his state-wide radio broadcast, governor Okorocha enjoined them to remain calm while waiting for the conclusion of the exercise.

He rehashed some salient points in his radio broadcast and pleaded with them never to take the laws into their hands.

 

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