No fewer than 25 political parties in Enugu State have adopted the All Progressives Congress (APC) senatorial candidate for Enugu West District, Mrs. Juliet Ibekaku-Nwagwu, as consensus candidate for next Saturday’s poll.
This came as a pressure group, the Udi North Patriotic Front (UNPF), said it would only vote for credible candidates irrespective of party affiliations.
Chairmen of the parties, mainly from the zone, appealed to the people of the area to embrace equity, natural justice, good conscience and gender sensitivity by voting the APC candidate for the sake of peace, unity and even development in Enugu West.
“We reiterate our stand on the zoning principle, which would ensure that all the local government areas in the zone produce a senator, adding that nobody should arrogate to himself the monopoly of knowledge in whatever guise or form,” they stated.
They said the argument that the incumbent senator of the zone, Deputy President of the Senate, Ike Ekweremadu, should continue in office because of his experience was “lame, an impotent postulate that is selfish, self-serving and insensitive to the yearnings and aspiration of the good people of Enugu West, as it amounts to asking him to remain in the senate for life.”
Those who signed the communiqué obtained in Enugu, yesterday, include Hon. Adonys Igwe; Advanced Nigerian Democracy Party (ANDP); Affam Ani, Green Party of Nigeria (GPN), Christopher Onyia, Liberal Party of Nigeria (LPN); Chris Onyeodizielu; Peoples Redemption Party (PRP) and Michael Ndubuisi, United Party (UP).