Primaries; Ebonyi APC Chair Assures Of Free, Fair, Credible Conducts

By Celestine Okeh, Abakaliki

Ahead of the All Progressives Congress APC, primary elections in Ebonyi state, the state Chairman of the party, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha said, the party have concluded plans to conduct a free, fair and credible primaries ahead of the 2023 general elections in the state. 

Chief Emegha stated this while interacting with some Journalists in his office in Abakakili.

He noted that the stakeholders such as electoral umpire, security agencies among others billed to participate in the exercise have been promptly and appropriately briefed to avoid  hitches. 

"We have duly communicated the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) to send its officials,  security agencies ranging from police, civil defence etc to monitor the exercise in line with extant laws of the land". 

"Going by the importance of the 2023 general elections to Nigeria and even West Africa as a whole, we cannot afford to set a bad precedence by muddling up the outing. Again, since party primaries   metamorphosis into the bigger election by presenting candidates for the people to choose from, the exercise calls for due diligence and high intelligence to avoid regret".

The party chairman, Chief Emegha charged the delegates to cast their votes for aspirants who have the tenacity and ingenuity to sustain and deepen the  democratic gains Governor David Umahi's administration has bequeathed to the state to emerge as candidates for the general elections next year. 

"I'm convinced that the delegates who are well schooled in Ebonyi politics will be exercising their franchise under a very peaceful atmosphere and considering the need for the likes of Governor David Umahi to fly the party's tickets during the general elections. As your Chairman, I want you, the delegates to vote in line what will promote the unity and progress of the party.

"Do not cast the ballot to the highest bidder because by so doing, you will mortgage the future of our state. As an empire, we will cross the bridge in one united voice in the interest of Ebonyi people whose destines are tied to ours. Eschew violence by your conduct. We are the pacesetters and therefore, we cannot set bad precedence of any kind ". 

"As aspirants prepare to test their popularity among the delegates in the micro polls, they should create room to accept the outcome of the elections. For me, there will be no winner or loser because our goal is basically to win the general elections. The aspirants should be ready to display the spirit of sportsmanship should the outcome of the exercise did not go down as planned by anyone.  In case of any difference,  there must be room to seek redress from the appropriate quarters rather than taking to violence". 

The State Chairman, Chief Stanley Okoro Emegha reiterated his position to give every aspirant equal opportunities to participate in the primaries as a way of building confidence in the electoral process and strengthening the existing peace in the party.

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