EnuguÂ – AÂ group, the Greater Awgu Peoples Protection Solidarity (GAPPS), has called for a level playing ground for the candidates in the local government elections in Enugu state scheduled for December 5, 2009, saying that the electorate should only vote for those with track record of public service.
It warned against circumventing the laid down electoral principles, adding that such a move would not be in the interest of the people.
The Coordinator General of the group, Mr Ogbuefi Okolie, who made this known in Enugu, said the association frowned at the stand of some people that the Chairman of Oji Local Government Area of Enugu State, Dr. Robert Ugwu had been banned from re-contesting in the coming election.
He described the ban allegedly announced by the Oji River Shareholders Forum as unconstitutional, adding that the law does not permit such illegality, which it said could lead to a breach of the peace in the area.
Okolie explained that the democratic process has an inbuilt mechanism for the selection or rejection of candidates for elective office in consonance with the law, insisting that no group of persons has the constitutional right to bypass due process or engineer the selection of a candidate for election outside the framework of the political party.
The group admonished Ugwuâ€™s opponents not to mislead the electorate or attempt to foist a candidate of their choice on any political party.