Nigeria: Don’t burn down Nnewi, community leaders warn ANSIEC, Obi
by Chuks Collins
*as state electoral chief remains bedridden
A word of caution has been sent to the Anambra State Independent Electoral Commission ( ANSIEC) and Gov Peter Obi against throwing the industrial town of Nnewi into a man-made and unnecessary political violence.
A community leader and pharmacist, Chief Mbadiwe Reuben Okongwu made this call in an interview with journalists in his Nnewi residence yesterday. He pointed out that the key cardinal point of democratic rule was that people be allowed to choose their leaders in free and fair election.
Focusing on the twice aborted Nnewi North Local Government election of Jan 11 and 18, Okongwu noted that local government election is usually like a family affair where the needs and who will meet the needs are known clearly by all in the particular area.
The community leader who is a popular chieftain of the All Progressives Congress, (APC) in Nnewi noted that what should be paramount in the heart of everybody now in Nnewi is the enhancement of the industrial and manufacturing stride the town is reputed for instead of allowing council polls to undermine the peace, stability and development of the town.He therefore want extreme caution to prevail when the new date for the election in the area was fixed.
The rescheduled election into the Nnewi North council was called off midway at the collation stage on Jan 18, 2014, by the Acting chairman of ANSIEC, Sylvester Okonkwo. Since then it has become difficult for a new date to be arranged because Okonkwo has remained very indisposed due to sickness.
He also appealed to ANSIEC to allow the Nnewi electorate chose who they want as their leaders at the council and to avoid any act of imposition and fraudulent manipulation