ByÂ Enyim Enyim
ONITSHAâ€”The Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Alfred Achebe, has advised politicians and governorship candidates for the February 6 governorship election in Anambra State, against rigging and violence during the exercise.
Igwe Achebe gave the advice,Â when the governorship candidate of the Labour Party, LP, Dr Andy Uba, paid him a courtesy visit in his palace.
While praising the candidates for the peaceful manner they had so far conducted their electioneering campaigns, the royal father said the only way to move the state forward was to ensure that the governorship poll was free and fair.
He said traditional rulers in the state had resolved to support any candidate that would be lawfully elected and enjoined politicians, participating in the contest to also imbibe the spirit of sportsmanship by rallying round whoever would be elected in the interest of the state.
Igwe Achebe particularly commended Uba for conducting himself in a lawful way in the pursuit of his mandate at the Supreme Court and Appeal Court, saying that it was within his constitutional right to have gone to court.
â€œWe are asking for a free and fair election and we equally appeal that whoever is elected should be supported. We want a listening leadership because we have the human and material resources to move this state forward,â€ he said.
Earlier, Uba while soliciting the blessing and support of the traditional ruler, promised to return Onitsha to its past glory, recalling that in the 17 days that he was in office in 2007, he had started plans for the dredging of River Niger and the building of Oba airport.
â€œI will, if given the mandate change the present status of traditional rulers in Igbo land to a level of their counterparts in other parts of the countryâ€.
He said he decided to run for the election because he strongly believed that he had something to offer to change the present face of the state.