Ahead of primaries to elect flagbearers for various political parties in the 2023 general elections, a group, Get Abia Right, has warned against imposition of unpopular candidates in Abia State.
The group said the people of the state are poised more than ever to reject any unpopular and incompetent candidates put forward by any of the major political party.
A statement jointly signed by Uchenna Maxwell Adiele-Chairman, Uka Joseph Kalu-Vice Chairman and Ikechukwu Raymond Ukaeje – Secretary, which was made available to PlatinumPost, Get Abia Right, said it soon begin an aggressive move to sensitize the state electorates on the need to reject at the polls individuals who are unpopular and incompetent to promote the interest of their people.
The group specifically appealed to political parties not to present to the electorates people who don’t have any business being in politics by virtue of their antecedents.
“Our major concern are the current House of Assembly members who are angling to go back. Our findings have shown that most of them are unworthy of a return to the hallow chambers of Abia state House of Assembly on account of their abysmal performance.
“We are going to stop all the current members of the House who have nothing to offer the people, except the promotion of their selfish interest. We are issuing a warning here that no matter the name of the parties and how ever popular they think they are ,we are poised to mobilize voters against any of them that foist on the people unpopular candidates,” the group warned.
According to Get Abia Right, its monitoring operations cover the three senatorial zones of the state, but with more focus on developments in four state constituencies of Arochukwu, Aba central, Ukwa West and Ukwa East, noting that the current members representing them have shown glaring signs of incompetence and failure so much so that they are undeserving of re-election on any political platforms that have conscience and the interest of the people at heart.
“In the fullest of time, we will expose all the current House of Assembly members that have failed, but still want to be re-elected. But at the moment, we are advising the political parties as well as their delegates to please distance themselves from the current members representing the state constituencies of Arochukwu, Aba central, Ukwa West and East.
“This is because presenting them at the polls will tantamount to testing the will of the people. Already some of them have been going about bragging about how they have set aside a substantial amount to secure the tickets of their parties. Well, our position is that the parties should note that there is a big change in the political temperature of the country now because of the amended Electoral Act.
“The parties should equally be properly guided on the disposition of the people presently. What all this amount to is that it is not going to be business as usual at the polls. So any of the parties that decide to field candidates that are not popular with the masses in Abia state is on a journey to Electoral disaster, ” the statement added.
The group also appealed to political parties to give priority to the younger ones in their choice if candidates for the state legislature, noting that legislative functions are better handled by vibrant people of young age.
According to the group, the lacklustre performances of most of the present members of the state House of Assembly are partly due to their ages.
” The bottom line of our position is that we need strong, vibrant,and innovative young people at the Abia state House of Assembly. Not tired people , completely lacking in initiatives,” the group said.