Jonathan warns against bitterness as general election approaches

By Isaac Job, Uyo

Former president Goodluck Jonathan has warned politicians against generating negative energies toward the 2023 general elections saying such attitude will not bring development to Nigeria.

Jonathan said this during the commissioning of 1.15km Afi-Uko Ntighe bridge in Mbo local government area, Akwa Ibom state on Monday. He observed that there are elements of some levels of bitterness exhibited by politicians ahead of the February general elections.

“We have noticed some levels of bitterness that will not bring development in the build-up to the general election.

“The security agencies should not shield any unfortunate miscreant or anybody who commits crime under the guise of politics.

“If you commit arson or any form of violence you must face the law. Nobody will hide under the cover of election to commit crime. ”

Jonathan who was accompanied by former Governor of Kogi State, Capt Idris Wada noted that developments strides by Governor Udom Emmanuel in the state were possible through sustainable peace and urged Nigerians to replicate same in their various states during and after the election,

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Udom had earlier said that the inaugurated bridge was a fulfilment of his second term election promise for the people and warned critics to stop casting aspersion on the state expenditures as the federal government was still owing oil-producing states outstanding of over one trillion naira.

” Don’t follow such people. Even when the federal government openly came up and expressly stated that they are owing oil-producing states over one trillion naira and they only gave us only N62b in one year.”

Governor Emmanuel said the bridge will boost economic activities in the area and added that all local government areas in the state have their fair share of their own projects.

Residents of the area who spoke with our Correspondent said moves to construct the bridge started about 74 years ago. They express their happiness over the completion of the bridge which is adjudged as the sixth longest in the south-south.

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