Mr. Peter Obi, former governor of Anambra State has eulogized Zambia over the credibility of the recently-held Presidential election.
Obi described it as an “African example.”
He also congratulated the out-going president for showing maturity and the genuine spirit of sportsmanship.
Speaking through his media aide, Mr Valentine Obienyem, Obi said he watched the Zambian electioneering process very closely and was satisfied by the conduct of all the parties, especially the government in power that did not have to do things untoward even when it was clear that they were losing the election.
He juxtaposed it with Nigerian election, “unlike what is sadly obtainable in Nigeria and most African countries, it was not war or atavistic throwback to the era of killing or getting killed, but a civilized act of allowing the people to show their political preferences.”
Obi also reiterated the fact that the opposition won in Zambia for proffering alternative methods of managing the economy of the country, thereby raising hope for economic rejuvenation.
“This is what it should be. People should be allowed to make informed choices based on demonstrable ability of contesting candidates. Such reflection for the franchise of the people is the surest way of giving the people the type of leaders they crave for”, Obi said.
Obi, who said that the Zambian election had shown that Africans were capable of organising elections if they embraced the right values, called on Nigerian leaders, especially those in power to learn from Zambia for the good and progress of the country.
It will be recalled that Zambia recently organized an election that is still commended the world over at which the opposition, led by Hakainde Hichilema, a businessman defeated the incumbent, Edgar Lungu, who has led the Southern African nation since 2015.