Former Governor of Anambra State and the PDP Vice Presidential candidate, Peter Obi, has called out the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), saying the commission must provide the server used for presidential election for the interest of sustainability of Nigeria democracy.
Speaking against the backdrop of the the ongoing 2019 Presidential election tribunal siting in Abuja, between the incumbent President, President Mohammadu Buhari of the All Progressive Congress APC and Alhaji Atiku Abubakar of the opposition People Democratic Party (PDP), Obi the electoral umpire was aware that their denial to using a server in the election, was not true.
Obi, who spoke on Sunday in Atani in Ogbaru council area of Anambra State, when he led Peoples Democratic Party to a special thanksgiving victory service to appreciate God for His mercies, goodness and favour during the just concluded general elections particular in Anambra, said that INEC must provide the server they used for the election, because they know what they used during the election, adding that they used the server for the election and must provide it.
The victory thanksgiving Church service which was held at Central School Atani, Ogbaru LGA was in honour of Senator Princess Stella Odua; Hon. Chukwuka Onyema House of Reps Abuja, Hon. Noble Igwe Ogbaru 1 and Hon. Somto Udeze Ogbaru 11, both winners of Anambra state House of Assembly.
Speaking further at the event, Obi said that thanksgiving is important as there is a need for everyone to be faithful to God adding that without God it would have been impossible for PDP to achieve anything in the election.
He said: “The election has come and gone and now is the reality. We have to thank God Almighty for, without Him, we would not have succeeded in the election. Whenever we have the opportunity we should show gratitude to God. We thank God for the elected representatives, those that are giving thanksgiving today and all of us.
“Thanksgiving is important and we are here to show our appreciation to God for what he did for us. We also show our appreciation to all the people who help made it possible for us to succeed, we must do something that they will appreciate.”
Obi charged the newly elected lawmakers to consider the interest of the masses first and use public money for the public good.
His words: “You are nearer to the people. There is no road in Ogbaru and so many areas need to be revived again. There is a lot of work to be done in Ogbaru constituency.
“So many people are hungry, so many things are happening to Nigeria. Let those who are in power today use public money for the public good. Our children are not working because there is no job. People are not working while some are working and suffering. We have to know that it is time to work as we are nearer to the people.”
In his sermon, Bishop of Ogbaru Anglican Communion, Right Reverend Prosper Amah lauded the people for recognising God by setting aside the day to appreciate His mercy and love.
Amah who described thanksgiving as a necessity and an act of appreciation and gratitude for God’s divine favour reminded Christians that denominationalism was inconsequential when it comes to eternity as everyone must appear before God whether rich or poor.
“Politics has come and gone but our life remains,” the cleric said.
Odua, said that the essence of being in the Senate is to make laws that will brighten and better the lives of the people as well as laws that will breed good governance adding that any nation that is not governed by law cannot progress.
Disclosing the reason she would continue to empower the youths, she said their empowerment remained a sure way to human capital development adding that nothing else could work except people are empowered. “To develop the people, we must empower them to empower others,” she noted.
Also, member representing Ogbaru at the Federal House of Representative, Hon Prince Chukwuka Onyema assured his constituents in Ogbaru of quality representation, adding that he will assist in attracting projects to Communities and towns in Ogbaru constituency.
He said that he has good knowledge of the needs of the People of Ogbaru and will work towards them.
Meanwhile, member representing Ogbaru constituency II at the state House of Assembly, Hon. Somto Udeze attributed his victory to God adding that his victory is a sign of good thing to visit his constituency.
He said that insecurity is a monster that has eaten deep into the society but assured that he will work with the executive in the best way to handle the security situation in the state.
Earlier, Hon. Igwe Noble Nonso who represents Ogbaru constituency I at the state house of Assembly said that his constituency has suffered continued neglect from the state government without single government presence.
The lawmaker who disclosed this to newsmen said Ogbaru constituency I has suffered neglect with bad roads and no good drainages.
He said there is no way his constituency will be part of the state without getting a fair share of what the state gets.
In his remark, Mr Oseloka Obaze, former Anambra State SSG and PDP Governorship flag bearer in Anambra 2017 election expressed confidence in the newly elected representatives adding that they are qualified and competent people who know their mandate.
He, however, charged them to give back to the people even as Ogbaru was the only local government area in Anambra State that delivered winning results for its candidates starting from Presidential, Senate, House of Representatives and to the House of Assembly.