In a recent post on his verified Facebook page, Rev. Fr Kelvin Ugwu, a Nigerian Catholic Priest serving in Gambia, shared his thoughts on the recent elections in Nigeria. He emphasized the importance of democracy and the people’s choice in the election process, stating that the winner of an election should reflect the choice of the majority of the people.
The post also mentioned the wild jubilation that occurred in both Kano and Abia state after the governor-elects were declared winners by INEC. In Kano, Uba Sani of the APC was declared the winner of the 2023 governorship election, and in Abia state, Alex Otti was declared the winner of the governorship election. The news of their victories was met with excitement and jubilation among their supporters.
However, Rev. Fr Kelvin Ugwu noted that there was a lack of similar jubilation when Tinubu was declared the winner of the presidential election on March 1st, 2023.
His post reads; “You will know when the candidate announced as the winner of an election is a reflection of the choice of the majority of the people. It does not mean the person is a saint or a savour, but it means that he or she is the people’s choice; that is what democracy is about. We saw this on the street of Kano. We are seeing the same on the street of Abia. This was lacking when Tinubu was announced as the winner days ago.”
He also praised the returning officer of the Abia state election for their courage in standing for the truth.
“I once criticized professors used as Returning officers for elections and their role in rigging elections. I think it is proper to praise the courage of the returning officer of the Abia state election. The woman deserves commendation. May God bless all who always stand for the truth even if their lives are at stake.” he added.