….PPA faults Soludo’s candidacy
By Dayo Benson (Political Editor) & Emma Ovuakporie
Amid fears that next year’s governorship election in Anambra State may be characterised by violence, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Chairman, Professor Maurice Iwu, has assured that the exercise will be violence-free.
Prof. Iwu said this even as the Peoples’ Progressive Alliance (PPA), has described Professor Chukwuma Soludoâ€™s candidacy of the Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP), as a negation of the Electoral Act and an affront on Nigeriansâ€™ sensibilities.
The INEC chairman said: â€œIn the forthcoming Anambra election, there will be no violence and thuggery if the courts will allow it to hold.
Iwu said this when a group of women under the auspices of Women in Business and Marketing Association (WIBAMA) visited the INEC headquarters.
He, however, promisedÂ that INEC will partner with the women â€œas we cannot have a true democracy if half the population of the country is relegated to the background because of the fear of violence, thuggery and monetisation of the electioneering process.â€
Earlier, President of the group, Mrs Bose Lasisi, had said, â€œWIBAMA believes that if Nigerian women can focus their attention in the areas of helping to sensitize women on the gender imbalance in politics,political appointments will go a long way to correct the imbalances.â€
While faulting the process that threw up Soludo as PDP’s candidate, PPA National Publicity Secretary, Chief Ben Onyechere, said : â€œSoludoâ€™s bank consolidation policy was the last straw that upset the Nigerian economy.
”It is unbelievable that he could aspire to govern a state when he contributed to the prostrate state of the Nigerian economy.
”I am sure that Anambra people will not allow a syndicated governorship.
â€œToday none of the banks of Igbo origin is alive.
â€œWith or without Soludo, none of the PDP aspirants can come close to the competitive value of Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, PPA’s candidate, who is a complete break from the partitioning of Anambra which has resulted to massive youth unemployment as none of the previous governments has cared to address the problems associated with the development of the youths,â€ the party scribe added.