WARRI—GOVERNOR Emmanuel Uduaghan of Delta State, yesterday, expressed worry about the trend of the campaigns for the March 28 presidential election, saying that politicians were frightening investors away from the country with their inciting statements.
Uduaghan, who spoke at a town hall meeting with professional groups and civil society organisations in Delta South and Central senatorial districts of the state, said: “Campaigns should be redirected to issues, not personalities and we should not make life enemies with our campaigns.”
Pointing out that President Goodluck Jonathan has done well to deserve a second term, he said that losers should accept defeat magnanimously, as a wrong impression had been created that there will be crisis in the country whichever way the result goes.
He said: “There is this erroneous impression that we are giving to international investors that there will be violence after the elections and it has affected the inflow of money from businessmen. We must work very hard to ensure that our elections are violence-free. Whoever loses should wait for another election. Whichever way the election goes, we must maintain the peace and ensure that the naira appreciates.”
Former Special Adviser to President Jonathan on Performance Monitoring and Evaluation, Prof. Sylvester Monye, who delivered a lecture on Governing Under Siege: An Assessment of the President Goodluck Jonathan Administration 2011-2015 at the summit, gave evidence-based assessment from the economic, education, health, transport, agriculture and other sectors to show that Jonathan has done better than previous presidents within his first four years in office.
Beyond propaganda, he said, President Jonathan has fought corruption more than any other government and the result is evidenced by the country’s improvement in the Transparency International rating. He expressed confidence that based on the facts presented which show a progressive country, the professionals and members of the civil society groups “are not voting for President Jonathan based on where he is from, but because they are convinced with his performance.”