A lot at stake in Anambra during March 18 election
ON SATURDAY, March 18, 2023, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will conduct the governorship and state legislature elections earlier scheduled to hold on Saturday, March 11, in all the states in Nigeria.
In Anambra State, only the House of Assembly election will be conducted since the governorship election in the state do not hold same time with other states across the nation given changes in election cycle over the years.
HOWEVER, following glitches witnessed in the presidential and National Assembly elections held penultimate Saturday, a good number of voters are either not eager to go out to exercise their franchise or are being persuaded to make a protest vote by casting their votes for candidates of a particular party given to them , not minding whether they know the candidates or the quality of candidates fielded by the party in the election.
WHATEVER may be the case, National Light deems it necessary to encourage the electorates, irrespective of the flaws witnessed in the February 25 elections, which includes insufficiency of electoral officials and materials, poor performance of the BVAS machines, among others, to be enthusiastic about March 18 polls to elect capable people to the State House of Assembly .
ALREADY, there are attempts by aggrieved, self-motivated people to sway voters in Anambra to embark on protest votes against the government and the ruling party in the state.
They do not hide their mission to create rival political party to be in the majority in the state’s legislature.
This can only portend destabilisation and return to the days when Anambra State was known for political banters, furore and attendant backwardness in terms of economic and infrastructural development.
NDI ANAMBRA are therefore, advised to disregard the antics of the mischief makers to misdirect them and ensure they sustain what has been working for them for the over 16 years, which they have experienced politics of good understanding between people’s representatives, the people and their government – the executive- legislative harmony.
THIS is time to take cognizance of landmark achievements of past and present governments which were hallmarked by a seamless executive- legislative harmony as a result of having majority of the House of Assembly members elected from the ruling party, the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
If anything, there is no community in the state that cannot boast of some substantial projects completed in their domain by the state government through the Community Choose Your Project initiative, through which community schools, markets, parks, health facilities, among others have been built or upgraded.
THE legislators might have killed the projects if they were not in rapour with the governors in power.
Given the continuation of the ruling party in government, the initiative has been sustained for the past nine years with the present governor increasing the money from the initial N20million to N25million.
RECALL that Anambra was known for too many post-electoral suits and outlandish rancor and bickering in her politics with attendant lull in development which resulted in unlawful impeachment of a governor, abduction of a sitting governor, burning and destruction of government facilities, hijacking of state funds by godfathers, among others; but with the emergence of a very organised political system that throws up intelligent people in governance with support of united House of Assembly members, the state later recovered to become a state to reckon with in economic and infrastructural developments.
WHATEVER made it so should be sustained. We therefore call on ndi Anambra to remain steadfast and not allow themselves to be deceived or used against a government that has done so much already for them with lots more still loading.
They must resist at all costs, any form of propaganda, manipulation or deceit against this government that has given so much in so short a time.
TO AVOID derailing the trajectory of sustainable socio- economic growth and the successful development template ongoing in the state, ndi Anambra must turn out en masse to strengthen the state government with a legislature that will support her progressive policies.
ON THE other hand, the electoral umpire, INEC should ensure that insufficiency of electoral materials, Bimodal Voter Accreditation System (BVAS) malfunctioning and inability of some people in some parts of the state to vote due to security scare should be addressed so that people in the affected areas will have good representatives elected in the election in Anambra State legislature.
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