!The Egba Economic Summit, a regional group in Nigeria, recently made a statement urging citizens to exercise caution and responsibility in their comments regarding the country's recent elections. The group's President, Shina Luwoye, stressed the importance of following constitutional means to resolve any perceived electoral irregularities rather than calling for the outright cancellation of results.
Luwoye pointed out that canceling the election results would have a negative impact on the micro and macroeconomic indices and worsen the current hardships that Nigerians are experiencing. He emphasized that the constitutional provisions for addressing electoral disputes were adequate and should be thoroughly explored before calling for the cancellation of results. In his view, canceling the election results would be like "throwing the baby out with the bathwater."
He further explained that the elections have already been concluded, and winners have been declared at all levels. Any attempt to cancel the election results at this point would amount to annulling the election with grave consequences for any rerun and could terminate Nigeria's nascent democracy. He cautioned that these propositions must be rejected and resisted by all persons and institutions in Nigeria.
Luwoye went on to congratulate the newly elected legislators and expressed the readiness of Egba Economic Summit to collaborate with the Senator and other honorable members of the National Assembly in working on the Egba agenda for the 10th Assembly. Notably, the group's agenda includes the desire of the Egba Nation to host the University of Medical Sciences and a Free Trade Zone.
Election disputes are not uncommon in Nigeria, with past elections being marred by violence, fraud, and irregularities. The call for caution by the Egba Economic Summit is, therefore, timely and important. It is vital that Nigerians embrace peaceful means of resolving disputes and refrain from making comments that could incite violence or destabilize the country's democratic institutions.
It is commendable that the Egba Economic Summit is willing to collaborate with the newly elected legislators in working towards the development of their region. Collaboration between regional groups and elected officials is crucial for the effective implementation of policies that will benefit the people.
Nigeria has enormous potential, with a large population, abundant natural resources, and a strategic location in West Africa. However, the country's development has been hampered by a myriad of challenges, including corruption, insecurity, poor infrastructure, and weak institutions. It is, therefore, crucial that the country's leaders work towards addressing these challenges and harnessing the country's potential for the benefit of all Nigerians.
Source: The punch
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