From Chijioke Agwu, Abakaliki
An Ebonyi State group, Advocates for Good Citizenship And Peace, has urged the Ebonyi electorate to vote for people with a track record of performance, transparency and public interest in general elections of 2023, regardless of their political parties.
The group gave the advice at a press conference in Abakaliki on Tuesday.
The group said it launched a candidate-based campaign called “Na Person, No be party” across the state.
The group’s national coordinator, Kelechi Mbam, said the candidate-based voting will induct good leadership that will bring needed development and peace to Ebonyi State.
He said: “We are all aware that our dear country, Nigeria, will go to the polls in 2023 to elect another group of political leaders ranging from members of the State to members of the National Assembly as well as Governors of States and of course, the President.
“The prelude to these watershed moments began nationally as different political parties began selling nomination forms. This means that parties must organize their primary election in order to elect a candidate who will fly the party flag in various elective positions.
“We have closely followed the trend of things as it unfolds and regret to see that there is a dangerous fad creeping into our political system. This deadly canker worm, if left unchecked, is capable of permanently inducting bad leaders into our political system. A situation where a credible candidate fails in an election because he ran under a perceived smaller party has continued to treat us more hegemonically than ever. On the other hand, when a credible candidate emerges from a majority political party, there is no obstacle for such a candidate to enjoy the maximum support of his people.
“It is against the backdrop above that we have decided to launch a campaign for voting based on candidates labeled: Na Person; No Party”