Spin doctors parading unofficial presidential polls result should give tribunal a chance —VON DG – The Punch

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Director General of Voice of Nigeria, Mr. Osita Okechukwu. The Director-General of Voice of Nigeria, Osita Okechukwu, has warned those he referred to as “spin-doctors” who are “still brandishing unofficial presidential election result,” to allow the presidential election petitions tribunal to do its job. He said that his call for caution was “predicated on the danger of negative narrative post-elections.” Okechukwu said this in a statement he issued in Enugu on Sunday, titled: Let’s Not Poison the Chalice of Future Adoption of Electronic Voting in Nigeria. He said it would be contemptuous and dangerous for those he referred to as “spin-doctors” to descend into the arena, hauling a manner of invective narratives, without giving the tribunal benefit of doubt.” “Hence, unwittingly or wittingly poisoning the chalice of future adoption of electronic voting in Nigeria,’’ he said. Okechukwu, who is an All Progressives Congress stalwart, commended Atiku Abubakar for “following the best tradition of democracy by heading to the Presidential Election Petition Tribunal to seek justice.” “This being the most honourable option in this circumstance, may one appeal to all lovers of democracy to allow due process and rule of law, which the tribunal epitomizes, to resolve the matter at hand in the fullness of time,” he urged. Continuing, Okechukwu said, “My clarion call for caution is predicated on the danger of negative narrative post elections, such as the one bandied 40 years ago after the 1979 Presidential Election between Alhaji Shehu Shagari and Chief Obafemi Awolowo, both of blessed memory. “Which, up till date, lingers with sour grape and some are still wringing their hands with bitterness. “We cannot live in induced fear. We should therefore be circumspect, let’s not taint our fledgling democracy especially when the spin-doctors are still brandishing unofficial presidential election result as authentic,” he said. According to him, a lesson we must imbibe is that one party has won the presidency; another has tremendously harvested more states than it has hitherto. “Therefore, we must move on, so as to minimise the sadness in the land,’’ Okechukwu said. (NAN) DOWNLOAD THE PUNCH NEWS APP NOW ON