Godfatherism is over, says Rivers opposition parties

From Blessing Ibunge, Port Harcourt

Opposition parties in Andoni Local Government Area in Rivers State have adopted the victory of the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) Mr Erastus Awortu, in the recent concluded council poll, saying that the era of political godfatherism was over.

Chairmanship candidates representing the various political parties stated this while addressing newsmen in Port Harcourt.

The parties also reafirmed their confedence in the Rivers State Independent Electoral Commission (RISIEC) led by Justice George Omereji (rtd), adding that the election was transpirent and post election litigations were unecessary.

It would be recalled that the recently concluded council poll in Andoni LGA has attracted acollades from different quaters having been adjudged most transpirent in recent times to the extent of attracting support from candidates who lost in the election.

According to their resolution read in part-“For us political stakeholders in Andoni and candidates in the contest, we can clearly state that the election was not lost but won because PDP’s victory is our collective victory, we will support the new administration in its positive vision for the people.”Indeed Erastus Awortu is the man for the job”

The resolution was duely signed by chairmanship candidates from six political parties that contested in the council poll- Mr Esuku Esuku of the Accord Party(AP), Erasmus Inemente of African Democratic Congress(ADC), Charles Otowo of  Action Peoples Party (APP) and Amie Elisha Simeon of the Allied Peoples Movement (APM). 

Others are; Michael Dodd of the Social Democratic Party (SDP) and Abraham Ijong-Iye of the Zenith Labour Party(ZLP). 

Also recalled that the PDP candidate, Erastus Awortu pulled a total of 107,658 votes as against the Labour Party candidate who had the second highest votes of 4,702.

Receiving his certificate of return from RISIEC, the chairman elect, Erastus Awortu said that the certificate was a testimonial to the high level success recorded during the election.

“I’m impressed with RISIEC for their competence during the election.

“I am also impressed with my constituent for creating an enabling atmosphere for the electoral body to conduct a credible process and I assure on my commitment to repositioning the area for growth. “We look forward to addressing our collective concerns bothering on security, infrastructure and poverty in the area.”

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