2023: Obi of Onitsha Tasks INEC on Credible Polls

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The Obi of Onitsha; Obi Alfred Nnaemeka has charged the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) with a credible election. Achebe made this call on Saturday, during the traditional Ofala festival of Onitsha to commemorate his 20th year on the throne as the monarch of the ancient Kingdom of Onitsha.

Achebe said: “Our prayer is for the election to be conducted in a peaceful, free and transparent manner, with a clear mandate for the winner to face the daunting task of building a safe and united country that provides equitable opportunities for all citizens.

“The stakes are very high for the political parties and the nation. And the Independent National Electoral Commission INEC owes a huge duty to posterity to discharge its statutory function faithfully and transparently.”

While decrying the dwindling fortunes of Nigeria, saying the country is in dire straits, Igwe Achebe revealed that with issues ranging from insecurity to oil theft, to the rapid fall of the naira, bad economy, spiraling inflation, high petrol prices, and ravaging poverty, that Nigeria was fast getting out of hand.

2023: Obi of Onitsha Tasks INEC on Credible Polls
    Obi of Onitsha; Igwe Alfred Nnameka Achebe (Photo Source: Daily Post Nigeria)

    Further in his address, Achebe said: “Our country today appears to be in more dire straits than any other time since national independence, except for the three years of the civil war.

    “The biggest challenge of the nation today is insecurity, which affects most parts of the country and disrupts every aspect of our public and private lives.

    “The inability of farmers to harvest their crops due to terrorists, and the conflicts between farmers and cattle herders are causing serious food inflation.”

    On the rise in food prices said, the traditional ruler of the Onitsha kingdom stated that notwithstanding the phenomenal increase in fuel subsidies since 2015, fuel prices have more than doubled over the same period.

    2023: Obi of Onitsha Tasks INEC on Credible Polls
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      “Over the same period, crude oil export has almost halved, due to organized theft of the commodity by domestic and international syndicates, whilst our security agencies appear to look the other way.

      “This situation has diminished our foreign exchange earnings in areas of high oil prices, leading to unprecedented foreign loans to support the recurrent expenditures of the government.

      “Unemployment is rife, especially among young graduates and there is a worrying exodus of middle-class professional families abroad in search of a better life.”

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      Acknowledging that the contest would be between the ruling All Progressive Congress (APC), the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), and the Labour Party (LP), he noted that all these issues raised will form the backdrop of the 2023 presidential election.

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