* Urges electorate to demonstrate Ibaji spirit.
A university Teacher, Dr. Anderson Unwuchola has expressed Confidence that Comrade Peter Egwudah of the NNPP will emerge victorious in today’s Ibaji state constituency elections.
The erudite communicator gave the Assurance on the sidelines of the Saturday House of Assembly election holding across the Ibaji Local Government Areas of Kogi state
He noted that his confidence stemmed from the track records of the candidate of NNPP, Peter Egwudah who was a product of the generality of the people of Ibaji who dragged him into the race to keep up his good works for the community.
Dr. Anderson Unwuchola noted that Peter Egwudah has been using his non governmental organisation to draw the international organisations and good people of Nigeria to the plights of floods victims since 2012.
He said, during the 2012 flood that ravaged the entire Ibaji land, Egwudah was ups and doings to bring succours to the people.
He disclosed that the candidate brought in medical outreaches, provided food items , clothing materials to the IDP camps in the LGA.
He repeated the same in 2018 and 2022 floods when he has not contemplated going into active politics.
Dr. Unwuchola noted that comrade Peter Egwudah, who hitherto practiced his trade in the Northern and Subsaharan Africa has to relocate his NGO home to help his people.
He added that on the strength of his community service,, the stakeholders decided to prod him into politics, but was denied ticket on the APC, because of his rising profile among the people.
” The people of Ibaji having seen his commitment to salvage his people even while as a private person, decided to invite him into politics to do more for the people to use the instrumentality of the state resources.
” We decided to use the APC platform, but he was denied ticket, having seen his popularity with the people. We decided to pick the NNPP whose founder, Senator Rabiu Kwankwanso , was a close ally to late Prince Abubakar Audu who had done much for the people.
” Comrade Peter Egwudah is not just a candidate, but a movement as the people have vowed not to toe on party lines but to vote massively for personality.
” We are using Audu political family to market our candidate and the people have accepted him wholeheartedly. They have agreed not to leave any stone unturned until he is declared winner.
” We have sensitised the people across nooks and crannies of Ibajiland. They are aware that the umbrella has been torn into shrewd and the Broom has been broken leaving the food basket to salvage the people.
” To achieve our objectives, we have printed prototype of the ballot papers, and told them to vote for NNPP with the logo of food basket embedded in Nigeria flag which is on the number six on the INEC ballot papers.And the people have written it in their hearts” The erudite communicator stated.
While speaking on the election violence, he said, the Ibaji people are one and the same people who will never attack his fellow man no matter the political differences, stressing that they all belong to age grades.
He explained that the Ejeh Ibaji HRH John Egwuemi in consultation with all the royal fathers have warned against violence and any one found culpable would be fined with 8 goats, 24 cartons of beers and still be banish from the community.
He however urged INEC to be alive to their responsibility by timely distribution of sensitive and non sensitive materials and to announce the winner no matter whose ox is gored.