With the Anambra State governorship election around the corner, a non- governmental group, Igbos for Progressive Nigeria, IPAN, has asked the Anambra electorate to scrutinize all the candidates and their manifestoes before casting their votes as the state cannot afford to make the mistake of voting in one, who has no serious agenda for the people.
The group, through its national president, Mr. Lawrence Onuzulike in press conference in Awka, charged the Anambra electorate to shine their eyes, as it was time for Ndigbo to reintegrate into national polity.
According to Mr. Onuzulike, Anambra November sixth election is an opportunity to right the wrongs of the past, regretting that Anambra leaders in the past paid little attention to the issues that matter most, leaving in trail decayed education, health institutions, poor water facility and refuse disposal system.
The IPAN believes that time for a new beginning had come in Anambra, adding that the polls should be able spring up a candidate that will be capable of seeing Ndigbo at the center, with the election of an Igbo person as president in 2023.
It posited that the new governor does not need to be in the ruling party at the center, but needed a political base with a general spread.
Contributing, the national secretary of IPAN, Mr. Michael Chibuzo, frowned at the seeming grouse by some non-state actors against the planned election, pointing out that forcing people in doors will allow the election of a candidate that does not support the wishes and aspirations of Ndigbo.
Mr. Chibuzo appealed to major gladiators across the parties to check their overzealous supporters, so as not to mar the smooth conduct of the polls, adding that IPAN would monitor the polls to ensure that it is hitch free.
On non-release of Permanent Voters Cards, PVCs, to those that participated in the last registration exercise, few weeks to the poll, Mr. Chibuzo described it as a dangerous signal, and promised to liaise with the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, for timely distribution of the PVCs to prospective voters.