FEB. 16 ELECTION: IBETO PROMISES N50M CASH AWARD TO NNEWI VOTERS
The chairman of Ibeto Group, Chief Cletus Ibeto, has promised to dole out cash sum of five million naira to each of the ten wards in Nnewi North Local Government Area of Anambra State, that is able to deliver at least, 70% of its registered votes.
Ibeto, who addressed a large gathering of Nnewi stakeholders, leaders of thought and the voting populace at the Anaedo Peoples Club Hall in the industrial city, on Sunday, February 10, said that Nnewi has a total of ten political wards, with about 150,000 voting strength; and promised that each of the ten wards will receive the sum of five million as long as it records voter turn out as much as 70%.
“Mobilizing our people to vote during elections has continued to be our problem. We have high voting strength based on available data, but during elections, our people do not come out to vote.
“Nnewi has great stake in the coming election, because, one of our sons is going back to the House of Representatives; and the other is going to the senate. Our votes will give them edge over other contestants; but that is when we turn out enmasse to vote and support them”, Ibeto, who was also the convener of the meeting said.
He went further to suggest that Nnewi should recruit special task force for the purpose of the election, to ensure that on February 16, no shop will be opened anywhere in Nnewi; and that youths will not have access to any football field in the community; adding that people should also be sensitized and encouraged to come out and vote.
Earlier, the chairman of the organizing committee for the event, Prince Jude Osumuoh, who is also the President General of Ndiakwu Otolo Nnewi Community, praised Chief Cletus Ibeto for his magnanimity in convening the meeting. According to him, the meeting availed the stakeholders of Nnewi the opportunity to discuss some of its political challenges, and championing the way forward.
The event attracted politicians from Nnewi North, industrial giants, community leaders, representative of the traditional ruler of Nnewi, Igwe K.O.N Orizu; traders, youth organizations, among myriad of other people.