Saturday, April 9, 2011
NIGERIAN ELECTION RESULT, LOSERS SHOULD ACCEPT DEFEAT AND MOVE ON.
As Nigerians and the world await the final result of the parliamentary election, Icheoku urges losers of the election to emulate the good example of statesmanship displayed by the speaker of the House of Representatives, Dimeji Bankole, who himself also lost his reelection bid and accept defeat in good fate. According to the soon to be former speaker, elections should not be a do or die affair as the single most important thing is to help enable a democratic environment thrive that will spring forth development and greatness for the country. In his own words, Bankole said, “The exercise is a good omen in our national quest to entrench democracy in our nation. For me the race was not a life and death duel; of more importance is building, maintaining and developing our democratic institution and processes as a means towards true national development and greatness.” Icheoku commends this man's candor and says, since majority of Nigerians as well as contestants commended INEC for the peaceful, free and fair election they conducted, none of them should have any good reason or basis to later head to court to contest the results of the election and in essence delay the transition process. In contests, there will always be winners and losers alike and Icheoku expects such losers to accept their loss in good fate just like Speaker Oladimeji Bankole and move on. There will always be a next time