Professor Benard Odoh yesterday describe elections as a significant and critical component of the entire democratic process which ensures successful government transition and not a time to pick a fight or quarrel with anybody.
Odoh, a candidate in the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA in 2023 Governorship election made this known in Abakaliki while answering questions from newsmen after a consultative meeting with the Speaker of the State’s House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Francis Nwifuru at his Abakaliki residence.
He advocated for a peaceful and cordial relationship among candidates of the different political Parties in the State and their supporters.
Odoh explained that the visit was simply to solicit the support of every Ebonyian, high or low, no matter where they dwell or their political leanings on his Governorship ambition.
The former Secretary to the Ebonyi State Government emphasized the need for other candidates to pay similar consultative visits to their fellow candidates and their supporters, stressing that such is how leaders should live by peaceful examples.
“Yes, in continuation of our consultative visits which has been on for two weeks now, I have just visited and spent quality time with the number three citizen of the State in the person of the Speaker of the State’s House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Nwifuru. I know you (the Press) and even some individuals are wondering why I’m consulting a ‘candidate’ of another political Party like the Speaker. But then, that’s what makes us different, he responded.
“First of all, we are brothers and long time friends who served in the same government before I left on grounds of personal principles. There’s therefore no issues or misunderstanding between us as leaders and the collective interest and better welfare for our people have remained the goal.
“We will therefore continue to deepen our consultations with our people, elicit their supports and exchange views and opinions on how the future of our people and generations yet unborn can best be secured. Elections are only an aspect of the entire democratic process and I want aspirants, my fellow candidates and their teeming supporters to understand this.
“It is very important they are made to understand this so that some misguided and overzealous supporters and even the electorates do not think that there is war, a misunderstanding or a fight between the candidates and their various supporters and then hide under that to cause crisis or violence in any part of the State”, Odoh replied.
Correspondent reports that the APGA had visited the Deputy Governor of the State, Barr. Eric Kelechi Igwe, a former Senate President and ex-Secretary to Government of the Federation, Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim, a former Minister of State for Health, Engr. Fidelis Nwankwo, the Senatorial candidate of the PDP in Ebonyi Central Senatorial zone, Hon. Lazarus Ogbe, leader of the State’s House of Assembly, Rt. Hon. Victor Nwite, incumbent Chairman of Ezza North LGA and House of Representatives candidate for Ezza North/Ishielu Federal Constituency, Dr. Nora Aloh among numerous other leaders, candidates and aspirants of political parties across boar.