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Monarch urges peace, unity ahead of 2019 polls

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The traditional ruler of Ojoto in Idemili South Local Government Area of Anambra State, Igwe Gerald Obunadike Mbamalu, has urged Nigerians to be peaceful and avoid religious and tribal sentiments as the country inches closer to the 2019 elections.

He also reiterated the need for the electorate to vote credible and trustworthy representatives into various elective positions.

Speaking on Sunday at the end of year party of Ojoto Development Town Union (ODTU), Lagos branch, Mbamalu said the people must be united to ensure peaceful coexistence of the country after the 2019 polls.

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According to him, “we all must look beyond political parties and pick individuals and personalities that can efficiently represent us.

“Vote according to your conscience, vote people that can deliver the dividends of democracy, those ready to serve the masses and not those waiting to be served. Choose people that will bring development to the community and not those with selfish interest looking to benefitting from the community”

The monarch, who identified youths as the engine of growth and development, urged them to specialize, stay focused and grow. “Being a youth is not a profession.

Some people think that when you are a miscreant and exhibit the notorious actions, that is when you are a youth.

Being youthful is to be productive at a young age as it is not a time to be misused or indulge in all forms of crimes and delinquencies.

“It is a time to be active in your businesses, in your profession and prepare for life after retirement. You are a youth because you are vibrant and can contribute immensely to the development of the community and the country. Do not sit down in the village idle to cause pains and mayhem to people”, he advised.

The All Progressive Congress (APC) Senatorial candidate for Anambra Central, Sylvester Okonkwo, who was the chairman of the occasion, urged Anambra people to exercise their franchise by participating fully in the election.


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