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APC chieftain says June 12 a unifying democratic force in Nigeria


Jaafar Jaafar is a graduate of Mass Communication from Bayero University, Kano. He was a reporter at Daily Trust, an assistant editor at Premium Times and now the editor-in-chief of Daily Nigerian.
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An APC chieftain in Delta, Chief Sunny Ofehe, has described the June 12 Democracy Day as a rallying force for the Nation’s democratic development that must be cherished by Nigerians.

He said the endorsement of the day by the President Muhammadu Buhari’s was an indication of the administration’s desire to enthrone true democracy in the country’s political system.

In a statement on Sunday, Ofehe said that the unity that the day brought among Nigerians must continue to be sustained by all lovers of democracy.

‘’As we celebrate June 12, we must have a re-think on how we can make our democracy strong and valuable. In June 12 we have a reference point and a solid proof that Nigerians can still walk together in peace and harmony.

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‘’Nigerians through June 12 annulment showed the extent they can unify to fight a common cause. It also showed that Nigerians can rally support for any political candidate with incredible track record.

‘’Nigerians came out in their numbers to vote and the election was declared the freest and fairest election by national and international observers,’’ Ofehe said.

He added that the day would be remembered for being the first time the ethnic and religious barriers hindering National development was aside by the Nigerian electorates.

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‘’Remember it was in June 12 we had the first and only Muslim-Muslim ticket in the candidacy of Chief MKO Abiola and his running mate Ambassador Babagana Kingibe. It was the day Democracy was born, it was the day Nigerians stood with one voice and took a collective decision for one Nigeria.

‘’We all remember how Chief MKO Abiola, a core South-West candidate defeated his opponent Alhaji Bashir Tofa in his home State of Kano.’’

Ofehe, who is an APC governorship aspirant in Delta, said that those who fought for the realization of the day would now have a sense of relief and accomplishment at last.

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‘’This will give us hope that no matter what we go through in life, if only we will stand on the part of justice and fairness, our fight will never go in vain.

‘’Therefore, my message to those who draw ethnic and religious sentiment to such a wonderful decision that has helped to unite us, most tow the path of reason and accept the reality of the change mantra of this current administration.”


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