By Jude Atupulazi
Aspirants in the November 6 governorship election in Anambra State have been warned against taking the people for a ride by gunning for the guber election while still serving elective positions. A political pressure group, Equity Movement, Turn by Turn, who disclosed in a press statement made available to Fides through its chairman, Hon Gaius Ezeh, in Awka, last Wednesday, said political leaders were morally bound to stick to the position for which they were elected and complete the tenure before looking for another.
Said he, ‘We in Equity Movement are fighting to ensure that politicians holding elective political offices are discouraged from abandoning the offices they were elected into and start seeking for a fresh mandate for another position.
‘The people elected them for a full tenure and not for a portion of it. The electorate deserve nothing short of hundred percent service
delivery from their elected politicians within their full tenure.’
Ezeh said their suggestion if adhered to would have such advantages as the electorate getting better deals from the beginning to
the end of their tenure and the elected politician gaining more experience if the period of the mandate was exhausted before seeking for a fresh mandate for any other.
Ezeh in the press statement co-signed by the secretary, Hon Dan Ejianya, Nnewi North LGA, also said doing so would reduce the number of elective offices, as well as accommodate more political office seekers.
On zoning, Ezeh said the state needed a zoning system to be sustained in Anambra State for the overall interest of the state, even as he reiterated that it would have a spillover effect in the politics of the country in general.
‘We look forward to the full adherence to this our humble suggestions, not only in the South East, but in all the states in Nigeria to reduce the political tension associated with the free for all style of politicking which is very unfriendly,’ Ezeh said in the release.
Other signatories in the press statement include Sir Raphael Nwike, APGA, Ekwusigo LGA; Rev Emma Emenike, PDP, Ihiala LGA; Engr Bart Onwuekwe, APC, Orumba South LGA; Bernard Okeke, Labour Party, Ekwusigo LGA; Hon Pius Onwuka, fmr Dep TC Chairman, APGA, Nnewi North; and Lady Dr E.N. Ezeukwu, APC, Aguata.
Equity Movement’s aims and objectives include rotation governorship seat among the three senatorial zones in Anambra State; enthronement of political stability and peace; reduction of cost of political activities; as well as reduction of tension, rancour, acrimony, and waste of resources on
The group is made up of seasoned politicians, senior civil servants, community leaders, business men and youths
from various communities in Anambra State.