By Ruth Oginyi
Anayo Nwonu the member representing Ishielu/Ezza North federal constituency, Ebonyi State in the House of Representatives, has expressed the hope that the February and March general election will hold despite the security challenges across the country.
He however, urged the masses to be security conscious all the time.
He spoke with journalists in Abakaliki, the state capital over the weekend.
“All the security agencies including the Presidency have been assuring that the elections must hold. We know the challenges we have in terms of security. The only thing we have to be doing is that we have to be security conscious, we have to be very careful during this time. So, the election must hold.
Hon. Nwonu a two term lawmaker on the platform of People’s Democratic Party but seeking third tenure on the platform of All Progressives Grand Alliance(APGA), noted the electorate will vote for the popular candidates during the elections.
He said that he will defeat his rivals in PDP and APC because of his popularity.
He said “comparing me with APC and PDP candidates is like comparing lion with rats.
“It is just the court issue that is delaying us. Even if I am in party Z, I will defeat them. Even if I didn’t campaign, I will win my election. I am already on ground, I have structure and I have performed very well.
“People are just campaigning for me freely. So, this is the type of election that we are going to have in this general election. Even if they give you two years to do campaign and you are not popular this time around, you cannot win.
The lawmaker who is currently in supreme court with the former Leader of the state House of Assembly, Joseph Nwobashi over the ticket of the party, dismissed the insinuation in some quarters that APGA doesn’t have structure to win elections in the state.
“I am going to run election, I am still in Supreme Court with my friend and brother for House of Reps ticket under the platform of APGA. By the special grace of God, its just a matter of one week or ten days, there will be a judgment on that, then I will kick off my campaign.
“I will not say that there is a move to settle out of court, I will not say there is not a move. The ponderer is that we are in Supreme Court. So, the court will decide.
“Before now, there always say that APGA doesn’t have structure but I can tell you that we have a formidable structure to win the 2023 general election. APGA that I am going to have a strong structure and the moment I move into the party, things will change automatically. Very soon, the game will automatically change in Ebonyi”.
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