The National President, Anambra State Association of Town Unions (ASATU), Chief Alex Onunkwo has reiterated on the needs for the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to consider adopting Option A4 in its future elections in the country.
Onunkwo, who was reacting to President Muhammadu Buhari’s recent pronouncement that June 12 shall henceforth become a public holiday and democracy day in honour of Chief Moshood Abiola, the acclaimed winner of June 12, 1993 annulled Presidential election, said it would be in the best interest of Nigeria, if Option A4 is adopted.
According to him, Option A4 which was used by NECON, the then Nigeria’s electoral umpire in organising the 1993 Presidential Election, would bring more efficiency and transparency in the country’s electoral system as well as eliminate all forms of electoral frauds.
He, however, commended the federal government for the development, even as he wondered if the President can easily implement it since May 29 is enshrined in Nigeria constitution as a national public holiday and democracy day.
On ASATU’s forthcoming zonal town-hall meetings, Onunkwo revealed that the event was aimed at gathering town union leaders, traditional rulers, market leaders, elected and appointed public office holders, youths and students to brainstorm on key questions of democracy, including cultism and drug abuse with a view to proffering solutions.
“It’s an annual interactive session. It will start with Anambra North at Awkazu Civic Centre; Dora Akunyili Women Development Centre for Anambra Central; while the event in Anambra South will hold at St. Cletus Catholic Church, Otolo Nnewi,” he added.
He also applauded the judgment of the Anambra State Governorship election Petition Tribunal delivered recently by Justice H.A. Olusiyi in favour of Governor Willie Obiano. Justice Olusiyi had in its judgment strike out the election petition brought before it by the Candidate of the Megga People’s Progressive Party (MPPP), Mrs. Praise Okechukwu praying the tribunal to nullify the election of November 18 Governorship election over alleged corrupt practices and monetary inducement, among others.
“This is a victory for Democracy. We, the ASATU are congratulating the governor on his victory at the tribunal. There is no doubt that the election was free and fair.
The election was a turning point in the history of Anambra political history since creation in 1991. However, we are not also against everyone who appealed it in court because they are protected by the constitution of the country to do so,” he submitted.
By Chuks Ugokwe