Enugu coalition of guber candidates pledges support for Ugwuanyi
•No boycott of election in Igboland, says MASSOB
A coalition of gubernatorial candidates of various political parties in Enugu State yesterday endorsed the re-election of Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP).
The candidates said their disposition was based on Ugwuanyi’s “good works in the state,” and stressed the need to allow him to continue to finish what he had started.Briefing newsmen during a solidarity visit to the governor at the Government House, Enugu, the candidates through their co-coordinator, Dr. Vicgenial C. Odumejemba of National Conscience Party (NCP), said the endorsement was in recognition of the “sustainable security and peace in the state.”
The candidates said the decision was also taken based on Ugwuanyi’s “humane and down to earth dealings with issues without discrimination, and prudent spending and refusal to embark on unnecessary loans, as an economic expert and debt manager.”Odumejemba disclosed: “26 governorship candidates of political parties in Enugu State unanimously gave this endorsement,” adding:
“We are provisionally 39 in number but, about 19 of us are here for this briefing.”Pledging to mobilise their teeming supporters to vote massively for Ugwuanyi, the candidates stressed: “We are committed to working with the government to ensure peaceful election in the state. “There will be no recruitment of thugs, no character assassination and hate speech, which could ruin our relationship.
“There would also be no buying or selling of votes, as all our votes will go to Ugwuanyi”.But the All Progressives Congress (APC) said the so-called “candidates are inconsequential, as none of them have a single poster, known or seen anywhere campaigning before now. The so called governorship candidates exist only on paper”
Meanwhile, the Movement for the Actualisation of the Sovereign State of Biafra (MASSOB) yesterday called on the Ndigbo to participate fully in the coming elections, saying MASSOB will allow the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to conduct elections in Biafra land.
The assurance followed the threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) that the southeast would boycott the coming elections.In a statement by MASSOB leader, Uche Madu in Abakaliki, he said MASSOB has declared that this year general elections will not be stopped, or boycotted in Biafra land.
MASSOB advised that other pro Biafra groups that planned to boycott the elections are entitled to stay at home during elections days. “Governance is not allowed to breed anarchy and public betrayals,” the group said.Similarly, Igbo youths, under the aegis of Ohanaeze Youths Wing (OYW) yesterday asked the IPOB to desist from the calling for boycott of the general elections.
In a statement yesterday, National Leader of the Ohanaeze Youth Wing,Dr. Arthur Obiora, warned that utterances and open threats being issued by the IPOB over the elections were given the military justifiable reasons to flood Igbo land with soldiers.
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