By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKIâ€”Governor Martin Elechi of Ebonyi state has denied having special interest or candidate of choice in the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Ebonyi state chapter election, slated for July 8, 2009.
There has been tension among journalists in the state, as some aspirants had gone to town, boastingÂ that they were the state government choice and that their opponents were being sponsored by opposition to the state government.
But in a statement in Abakaliki, yesterday, Governor Elechi said that his attention had been drawn to his name been dropped by some of the aspirants, insistingÂ that he has no candidate, but would work with any candidate that emerged.
â€œFor the avoidance of doubt, members of the NUJ and the general public are hereby informed that the state government has no special interest in any candidate contesting for any office whatsoever,â€ said Elech in the statement by his Chief Press Secretary, Dr. Onyekachi Eni.
The Governor urged members of NUJ in the state to disregard any negative campaign and false claims by any candidate and go about their election in accordance with laid down rules and procedures governing their union â€œas government will respect and recognise any executive that emerges from the democratic choice of the union members.â€
He said,Â â€œit will be recalled that in the run up to the Ebonyi state council election of the NUJ, a few candidates for the election had mounted campaigns based on their relationship with government officials in the state.
This has lead to tension and misgivings within the media community in the state, prompting this public statement by the state government.