Politics

IPOB can’t stop Anambra guber election – ex-minister

Former Minister of State for Transportation and a gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Prince John Okechukwu Emeka, at the weekend stated that no group has the capacity to stop the Anambra State governorship election coming up in November.

Prince Eleko made the declaration shortly after picking his Expression of Interest and nomination form for the contest at the party national secretariat, Wadata Plaza, Abuja.

He made the observation in response to questions from newsmen on the possibility of the Anambra Governorship election getting truncated on the strength of the threat by the Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB) led by Nnamdi Kanu that the election will not hold if Biafra is not granted an independent status.

The former Minister noted that the election will hold because the threat by Nnamdi Kanu or any other agitator for Biafra is not the solution to the people’s challenges.

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“I don’t see how a group can stop an election in the Federal Republic of Nigeria.

“There are issues but we are addressing those issues. We have to restore our core values by bringing hope to the hopeless,” he said.

On the chances of PDP at the polls, Prince Emeka said the decision to zone the governorship to Anambra North will enable the party to fight formidably in the election.

He also expressed his support to the idea of picking the party candidate through consensus arrangements should the party leaders find it necessary.

“The PDP constitution allows for a consensus candidate. And the elders of our party have taken the decision to zone the governorship to Anambra north. With this, we can provide a formidable front to confront whoever we’ll face in the election’ he said.

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On what stood him out in the pack of fellow aspirants, Prince Emeka pointed out his experience and entrepreneurship spirit are assets needed to transform Anambra into “a first class society.”

He said: “I believe I have it all it takes to provide credible leadership to make Anambra a first class society. I am an entrepreneur, a politician and I believe I have the experience too.

He added that he would stop at nothing to make a difference if given the nod by the people to lead them as the state governor.

He also promised to blend skills acquisition with education to tackle youth unemployment in the State.

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