2023: Diaspora Stakeholders Urge Ebonyi Residents to Shun Tribalism, Endorse PDP Guber Candidate
- Residents of Ebonyi have been advised to shun tribalism and zoning when voting heir preferred governorship candidate
- The advice was given to the residents by the Association of Ebonyi Indigenes Socio-Cultural in Diaspora
- The group also endorsed the governorship ambition of PDP guber candidate, Chief Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii
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Abakaliki - Ahead of the March 11, 2023 governorship election in Ebonyi state, a diaspora group, Association of Ebonyi Indigenes Socio-Cultural in Diaspora (AEISCID) has declared support for the governorship candidate of the People's Democratic Party (PDP) Chief Ifeanyi Chukwuma Odii.
The group also called on people of the state home and abroad to shun zoning arrangement, tribalism and money-induced politics and vote for Odii to end poverty, create massive employment and good governance through his five-point agenda manifesto.
In a statement sent to Legit.ng and signed by AESICID President, Ambassador Paschal Oluchukwu, the group encouraged all registered voters in the state who are yet to get their PVCs to take advantage of the additional days which INEC has provided to get their voters cards.
Part of the statement read:
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"Our decision is well founded on the leadership and enterprising spirit of Odii who has demonstrated genuine love and commitment to meeting the welfare and needs of downtrodden Ebonyians over the years even as an individual business man hitherto with no interest in Ebonyi politics.
"We are abreast of the many philanthropic gestures which Odii has offered to indigent Ebonyians including building houses for several widows, assisting many Ebonyi young people to start up medium and small scale businesses and his towering records of touching many lives across the length and breadth of our dear state.
"Above all, we have also taken time to study his five-point agenda manifesto which touched on the key critical areas affecting our people especially as it concerns their economic wellbeing and social welfare.
"We are enthralled that his 'Promise of possibility' manifesto focuses on accelerated economic development and industrialization and youth and human capital development.
''We believe it specifically addresses the challenges of poverty and hardship which Ebonyians have endured for long particularly under the current administration under whose which our poverty statistics rose from 56% in 2015 to over 78%.''
AEISCID also beckoned on every political party, particularly the ruling All Progressives Congress, to play by the rules and ensure that the there's no threat to the peace during and after the elections.
INEC finally releases list of 93.4 million registered voters
Meanwhile, ahead of the 2023 general elections, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) recently revealed there are 93.4 million registered voters in Nigeria.
Mahmood Yakubu, INEC chairman, announced this on Wednesday, January 11, at a meeting with political parties at the commission’s headquarters in Abuja.
At the meeting, Yakubu presented the voters’ register to the political parties in accordance with the electoral act.
INEC sends important message to Nigerian voters ahead of 2023 general elections
In a related development, Nigerians have been assured that the 2023 general election will be conducted as scheduled no matter the level of threat.
This was disclosed by the INEC commissioner and chairman Information and Voter Education Committee, Festus Okoye.
Okoye made this known as the electoral umpire continues to face attacks on its facilities in different locations across the country.