By Chimaobi Nwaiwu
THE Onitsha Chamber of Commerce Industry Mines and Agriculture, ONICCIMA, has said that it will not be passive in the November 18, 2017 Governorship election in Anambra State, especially when there is a lot of tension being generated in the state over the election.
President of ONICCIMA, Mr. Donatus Ebubeogu, disclosed this in an interview with Vanguard shortly after his installation as the 12th President of the chamber and the 10 edition of “The Perspective” the Annual Lecture Series of the Chamber, held at Dolly Hills Hotel Onitsha.
Mr. Ebubeogu who is also managing director and chief executive, Tiger Food Limited Onitsha, urged the people of the state to ensure they have their voter cards to vote for the candidate of their choice in the election, as it is their power to enthrone any candidate of their choice.
“However, in electing who will be the governor of the State, we have to look at so many variables. Before we take a decision on the way forward, and on who to vote for, we have to look at the character of the candidate, we have to look at the security situation of the state and its implication on who to vote into office as governor.
“The general environmental situation in Anambra State will also be put into consideration, and by the time we look as some of these things and many more, we should be able to know who to be elected as the qualified candidate to be the next governor of the State on November 18, 2017.
“I am urging the electorate who are eligible, and yet to get their voters card to go and get it ready, it is within the powers of the Anambra citizens and residents to elect whom they want, to lead the state as governor.
“My only concern is the cost of election in Anambra State, the aspirants who are coming from various political parties are spending huge amount of money to be governor of the state, and the same thing is also applicable in trying to be a lawmaker in Anambra State, the cost of getting into elected office in the state is very high.
We need to reduce the cost of election in Anambra State, so that poor people who are well qualified, more qualified can join the race for the seat of the governor, electoral power should not be for the rich alone. An average qualified person should vie for office in the state, because this governorship election is very important to Anambra state.