Civil Society Organizations Coalition Urge Ekwunife To Tone Down Campaign, Not To Heat Up Anambra Polity

The Oasis Reporters

June 22, 2021

By Mike Odeh James

Senator Uche Ekwunife.

A coalition of civil society organizations has advised the Senator representing Anambra Central, Uche Ekwunife to stop heating up the polity while expressing fear over what it described, as a desperate ambition to clinch the PDP Anambra 2021 gubernatorial ticket.

The group under the aegis of “Civil Society Committee for Anambra Election Security” (COSCAES), has raised the concern in its multi-paragraphed article, affirming that such action poses dangerous signals that can scuttle the transparency and credibility of the June 26 PDP primary election, as well as engender a violent electoral process.

The group which spoke through its Coordinator, Comrade Kennedy Iyere demands the retraction or withdrawal of Senator Ekwunife’s media attacks on toohe person of Valentine Ozoigbo, following his open endorsement by the former Governor of Anambra state, the Okwadike, Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife. 

The group affirms that Okwadike has the right to choose and endorse a preferred candidate of his own choice. They further advised Senator Ekwunife to adopt a new style of democratic campaign, in the spirit of sportsmanship, adding that election is not an act of war but a process of peaceful contest.

The group frowned at Senator Ekwunife’s media public contradiction of the former Governor and highly respected elder statesman, describing her action as a reckless display of moral aberration.

The group classified her claims in the purported media publication as infantile and suggests, it should be disregarded by the general public.

Here are some of the quotes extracted from the open letter issued by the group to Senator Uche Ekwunife:

“Your most recent contradictory media reports on the person of Chief Chukwuemeka Ezeife (Okwadike), following his open endorsement of a fellow aspirant, is not only uncivil and undemocratic but unpatriotic, and cliquish”.

“Okwadike is an institution, whose influence extends beyond your village, Igbo-Ukwu, being the first democratically elected Governor of Anambra State. Therefore, your attempt to cage a man of Okwadike’s status, is nothing else but a deliberate act of moral aberration”
“The video in circulation shows where the heart of Okwadike lies, it is not what you can change but a hard reality you must inevitably embrace. Okwadike is aware of the fact that the aspirant he endorsed, is far ahead of you in the ongoing gubernatorial race and stands the best chance of winning the election among the contestants within the PDP”

“Several prominent political influencers in Anambra State had at different times called on Okwadike to advise you to step down from the gubernatorial contest”.

“You may have been assisted by some few top PDP stakeholders in manipulating the outcome of the recently conducted delegate primary but still, there are also other credible top stakeholders in PDP whose interest lies more on the party’s victory in the main election, than deriving selfish benefits from any desperate politician” .

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