The Civil Liberties Organisation (CLO) has advised political gladiators in the country to accept election results in good faith as good sportsmen and women would do.
Comrade Vincent Ezekwueme, Chairman of CLO, Anambra State, gave the advice in Enugu on Thursday while speaking to newsmen on his appraisal of the General Elections so far.
Ezekwueme also called on them to eschew rancour, inflammatory statement and hate speech during the electioneering period.
“Instead, they should make comments on issues that would unite Nigerians, propagate love, peace and understanding among Nigerians in order to build the country of our dream.
“I wish to appeal to winners to be magnanimous in victory and extend hands of fellowship to the losers.
“Losers should display a sense of good sportsmanship as losers today may be winners tomorrow,’’ he said.
He urged INEC to be impartial in its conduct and to allow the outcome of each election to truly reflect the wishes and aspirations of the people.
Ezekwueme, however, urged the National Orientation Agency, INEC and political parties to redouble their efforts to ensure that more voters turned up to cast their votes for candidates of their choice on Saturday.
He decried the generally low level turnout of voters in the just-concluded Presidential and National Assembly Elections of Feb. 23.
“I urge voters to go out en masse to ensure that we record 85 per cent voter turnout on March 9 for the Governorship and State Assembly Elections,’’ he added.
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