Thursday, December 9

Anambra 2021: Group tasks govt on adequate security

A group, Global Initiatives for Anambra Needs (GIAN) has appealed for calm and enabling environment for people of the state to come out in their numbers to vote, come November 6.

It added that anyone who had the interest of the State at heart should resist any call for the electorate to boycott the governorship election.

The group, in a document signed by the Director, Corporate Services of the group, Amah. A. Amah; Chukwumaijem Okoro; Okafor Francis, National Secretary and Director of Publicity, respectively, said its decision to intervene in making sure that the right candidate was elected irrespective of the political party platform was informed by the passion and selfless spirit for the State to have the best.
It argued that boycotting the election would amount to shooting oneself in the feet, adding that a situation like that would create room for unchecked rigging of the election.

“All hands must be on deck to encourage our people not only to cast their votes for the best candidate, but also to wait behind to insist that the process goes on without corruption or disruption.

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“The Anambra people must work against and rise above the new political trend of vote buying. It’s a minute trading that gives away our four years of freedom from various ills and vices. We must resist it, ” the group said.

It appealed to governement to pacify all those threatening to breach “the relative peace the State had enjoyed before the election season.” It called for adequate security and assurance of safety for people to perform their civic responsibilities at the poll.

On its choice of candidate, the group said: “In the Anambra Needs project to search for a competent and capable person with sound antecedents, glowing track records of good performance and high pedigree to serve Anambra State as the next Governor, we had settled for a man who has these qualities; an astute and accomplished banker, who has impeccable track records of diligence, as well as many years of dedicated public service.

“We know that in overriding common interest of our people, he would do well; but he declined, preferring to watch from the sideline for the time being.

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“Making progress and considering our criteria for the next Governor, we have been making objective assessment of the different candidates that the political parties have presented to us as their flagbearers.

“In the next few days, our Central Directorate shall conclude all data processing from the Needs network and all other sources. Then the GIAN shall converge again to adopt the best candidate, ” the group said.

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