The governorship candidate of Action Democratic Party (ADP) in Rivers state, Mr. Victor Fingesi, has extolled the efforts of the European Union Election Observation Mission Nigeria 2019 and also commended the Union for recognizing the party as one of the high rising parties in the state.
Speaking when the Union led by Pekka Vihervas and Zanda Martinuka visited him at the party’s secretariat along Aba Road in Port Harcourt, Fingesi said he was elated that the Observation Mission recognized the visibility of the party and its law abiding nature.
He commended the Mission for their tireless efforts to ensure that the elections in Rivers state were free and fair. He said ADP was committed to violent free and fair elections for which the Mission supported.
He also assured the Mission that the party would cooperate with the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) in so far as it played to the rules of conducting elections and conform to the Electoral Act.
Fingesi stated that although INEC is the electoral umpire, it was still a Nigerian institution with all the Nigerian factors. He appealed to other contestants to encourage INEC to conduct an acceptable election.
Earlier, the leader of the team, Pekka Vihervas, said they had visited him to find out whether the party was comfortable with the way INEC was going about the conduct of the elections.
…. Commends Ikwerre Students Union for supporting him
Meanwhile, Fingesi has commended the National Union of Ikwerre Students for de- emphasizing on ethnicity in its support for governorship candidate for the March 2,2019 gubernatorial election.
Addressing the group who paid him a solidarity visit at his campaign office in Port Harcourt, Fingesi said in the time past, ethnicity was not elevated the way it was now. He said Rivers people saw themselves as one irrespective of their ethnic origin.
Fingesi condemned unscrupulous politicians for fanning embers of ethnicity, which had destroyed the unity of Rivers state. He thanked the group for believing in him despite sentiments from these politicians.
Fingesi who hails from Okrika, said he saw himself first as a Rivers man before any consideration to his ethnic group.
The ADP gubernatorial candidate assured the group that he would give priority to education, adding that he would invite foreign donors and investors to boost educational funding to ensure quality.
He promised to maintain regular payment of bursaries if he becomes the governor.
Earlier, the President, National Union of Ikwerre Students, Mr. Clifford Uchenwoh, said they chose him because of his programmes for1 education and youths,particularly the creation of jobs. He said what mattered to the group was to support a credible candidate no matter his ethnic origin.