Aspirants welcome timetable for Anambra governorship election

Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi
Anambra State Governor, Peter Obi

The election will hold in November 2013.

Some gubernatorial aspirants in Anambra have expressed satisfaction with the Governorship Election timetable released by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), scheduled for Nov.ember16.

INEC on Monday released the timetable, which shows that activities for the election will commence on August 13 and that the ban on political campaigns will be lifted on August 18.

An aspirant, Emmanuel Nweke, told the News Agency of Nigeria that the timetable was “timely” and an indication that the yearnings of the electorate in the state would be a reality.

Mr. Nweke said the time given was enough for the aspirants to prepare for the exercise.

“The timeline is good, campaign period is alright and it is enough for the contest. As a matter of fact, you do not need the whole time in the world,” he said.

Mr. Nweke, who is aspiring to contest the poll on the ticket of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), said: “I thank God for it because we have been expecting it all the while.

“It is a welcome development, and it gives clarity to the people of the state as regards the possibility of the elections in the state.

“It also tells us that the existence of government will not grind to a halt and that the position we are going for is transient.

“So, as we all prepare for the seat, we should also note that what matters is how you are able to affect the people with your office.”

Another aspirant, Patrick Obianwu, also of APGA, s aid the timetable meant that the political parties could now settle down for the business of politics.

Obianwu said, “My take is that the release of the timetable is a welcome development. The door is flung open and we have looked forward to it.

“It means that our aspirations can now come to fruition; the party can now get down to the issues at stake and nominate candidates that will run on Nov.16.

“On the timeline, INEC is the parent body that decides the pace. If I say that the time is short I will not achieve anything because I will be a minority.

“I am prepared for it, creating the impression that you are the best does not take the whole time in the world.

“Four and half years is enough, it is not a do or die.

“I am fit for the race, but if the party stakeholders decide that I am not their candidate, I will honour it and step down.

“However, I must say that political maturity has come to Anambra, it is a breakaway from yester years.”

In his comment, the Secretary to the State Government, Oseloka Obaze, commended INEC for promptly setting the road map for the polls.

Mr. Obaze said that it was a clear indication that the electoral body was very ready and proactive.

“It is commendable that the INEC has promptly set the road map for the 2014 governorship elections in Anambra.

“It is a clear indication that the electoral body is very ready and proactive in this democratic process, especially with regards to the Anambra 2014 gubernatorial election.

“This is, no doubt, welcome news,” he said.

(NAN)