…APC Bent on Truncating Democracy in Imo State, Nigeria – Says Ugwuh
The Governorship Candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) for November 11, 2023 governorship election in Imo State, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, has restated his commitment to wresting power from the ruling APC in the State. He also vowed to demobilize Governor Hope Uzodimma and neutralize the antics of his unpopular regime, which relies only on violence, intimidation and electoral fraud to remain in power.
Anyanwu said this on Tuesday while addressing Party Stakeholders during a meeting at the state secretariat of the Party in Owerri.
His words, “I wish to tell you that many members of other political parties in the State have been joining PDP since my emergence as the candidate of the Party. In a short time, you will witness a massive defection into PDP.
“They are members of APC and other parties who are now dissatisfied with this government. Our Party is strongly positioned to win the election come November 11, 2023 and we remain the last hope of the crying masses. The mandate and trust you have placed upon Rt. Hon. Jones Onyereri, my running mate, and me will yield the desired results. Certainly, the journey will end in praise,” he assured.
Continuing, Anyanwu regretted that a cursory look into the past of Imo State would bring pain and sadness, seeing that the APC government has turned the once lovely, prosperous and peaceful state into a theater of afflictions, wanton killings, poverty and oppressive hostages. He promised to bring succour to the people and change the unfortunate circumstances in Imo.
Earlier in his remarks, the State Chairman of the Party, Engr. Charles Ugwuh, decried the calamities that have befallen democracy and the electoral process in Imo State. According to him, in the 2023 elections, Imo people went through the worst elections in the history of Nigeria.
“The impunity and irregularities that characterized the 2023 general elections represent an impudent assault on the right of the people to choose their political leaders through free, fair and competitive polls – a fundamental and distinguishing characteristic of democracy. When this fundamental right is taken away from the people, there is nothing left of democratic process and experience,” Ugwuh lamented.
He further warned that if the impunity, collusion with INEC and security agencies, and the violent subversion of popular will as was the case in Imo State should be allowed to become the new template for conducting elections, it would mark the death of democracy in Nigeria.
Ugwuh, however, urged Stakeholders to keep faith with the Party, assuring them that regardless of the challenges facing elections in Imo State, the Party has fielded a competent and capable team that will secure victory for the Party in November.
In attendance during the Stakeholders meeting were members of the State Working Committee (SWC), State Executive Committee (SEC), National and State Assemblies elected on the platform of the Party, former Candidates of the Party, Ward Chairmen, and other Leaders of the Party, who also took turns to speak on the readiness of the Party to win the forthcoming governorship election.
The high point of the event was the presentation of the Governorship Candidate, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, and his running mate, Rt. Hon. Jones Onyereri, PhD, to the Stakeholders by the State Chairman, Engr. Ugwuh.