By Tunde Oso
Ahead of the 2023 general elections Chief Solomon Edojah, a former federal lawmaker, who represented Ethiope Federal Constituency in the House of Representatives has admonished Nigerians to vote for credible leaders with integrity and character and not on the basis of the political parties they represent.
Chief Edojah, who was speaking during the meeting he hosted for people across party lines from Delta Central Senatorial District under the auspices of Friends of Honourable Solomon Edojah Political Pressure Group in his residence in Kokori, Ethiope East Local Government Area of Delta State.
He declared that the meeting was timely to rub minds preparatory to the next one where they are going to profile the candidates and look at them; on what such a candidate can deliver to the electorate before they would be voted for.
According to him the era of voting on party sentiments is gone! “If you are in the People’s Democratic Party PDP and you have criminally neglected the people all this while and you think your sins are forgiven! No!”
According to Edojah, “I complained of the PDP until I was thoroughly scammed in the All Progressives Congress APC. I returned to the PDP and I was worse off! They have perfected their act of crass criminality. I now want to test the New Nigeria People’s Party, NNPP, where there is respect for the rule of law and issue of security is taken seriously.”
On corruption, Chief Edojah said that today Nigerians see politicians as thieves because political office holders see politics as a means of livelihood rather than a call to service.
He quoted late Chief Obafemi Awolowo, who said that ‘if you want to make name one should join politics but if you want to make money then go for business! But if you want to make money in politics be ready to go to jail!’ “So, those of you making money from politics, be prepared to go to jail.”
The former Federal lawmaker disclosed that in their next (proper) meeting, participants are going to profile the various candidates and select the good ones irrespective of the political parties they belong with a view to working for them based on the quality of their manifestos and not money.
“It is the quality of the person that matters, not money or political party. We made the mistake of voting political party in the past, we must avoid it by all means this time around. If you are a good man in PDP we will vote for you! But if you are bad person in Labour Party or NNPP we are not going to vote for you,” he concluded.