By Dennis Agbo
ABAKALIKI—THE Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Ebonyi State has absorbed Governor Martin Elechi of bias or support for any particular aspirant, amongst all the aspirants who have collected nomination forms for different political positions in the coming 2011 general elections.
The PDP defence is coming on the heels of allegations that Governor Elechi’s government may have pencilled down certain aspirants as “favoured candidates” for both national and state assembly elections in the state.
State Youth leader of PDP, Comrade Chinedu Ogah, in putting up the defence yesterday, stated that Elechi’s government was not backing any particular aspirant, having considered that the power to elect during the primaries belong to the delegates, who the governor was not disposed to influence.
He reiterated that the “One Man, One Vote” slogan of President Goodluck Jonathan’s administration would be fully implemented in all elections in Ebonyi State.
He disclosed that Ebonyi Youths Assembly, EYA, had finalized arrangements to mobilize its members against violence, thuggery, rigging and other forms of electoral misconducts.
Ogah stressed that the group would continue its programme of enlightenment of youths to ensure that the forthcoming elections in the state was without incidents, adding that the greatest danger facing the conduct of the 2011 elections would be use of youths by certain politicians to foment trouble.
He disclosed that part of the sensitization programme was to educate youths on what to look out for in prospective candidates, so they could support only credible aspirants that have a healthy agenda for socio-economic development of the state.
Ogah pointed out that the antecedents and track records of aspirants, especially those for governorship, were being compiled to ensure that corrupt and violent people were not allowed to occupy responsible offices.
The youth leader, who is also the chairman of Chiboy Foundation, said the group would have taken Governor Martin Elechi to court for the N16.5 billion bond but rescinded the action when it discovered that the bond option was the best way to finance the many laudable projects embarked upon by the government, including the mega water schemes and long span bridges.
“We took out seven days to visit these projects and saw that actually Governor Elechi was transforming the state through the visions of the founding fathers.
“His administration was also pursuing even development by opening up the hinterlands through the construction of access roads and 27 long span bridges that connect communities separated by the Ebonyi River.
“The even distribution of amenities convinced us that the government was not mortgaging the future of youths and we shelved the court action,” he declared.