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Stop early search for Ugwuanyi’s successor, group tells Enugu politicians

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An Enugu-based socio-political group, Enugu State Citizens Support for Equity and Governance (ESCSEG), has asked politicians in the state to desist from distracting Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi with political rallies for his successor.

Describing such rallies as ‘irresponsible and too early’ the group advised political actors to channel similar efforts in organising the rallies to mobilise eligible voters to register in the ongoing continuous voter registration exercise.

In a statement issued in Enugu at the weekend, Coordinator of the group, Comrade Onyendozi Onwe, stressed that ongoing political rallies to shore up support for the zone that would produce Ugwuanyi’s successor in 2023, insisting that such rallies were untimely.

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It submitted that if the outcome of such rallies was not well managed, it was capable of throwing the peaceful state into political turmoil.

They cautioned political actors in the state to jettison heating up the polity with political rallies and wait when the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) will officially lift ban on 2023 elections, saying the commission had not lifted ban on 2023 elections.

“So, there shouldn’t be need for rallies of such magnitude capable of breeding political crisis in the state, especially now that the state has witnessed high profile assassinations,” the statement said.

It further described the political rallies that focus on Ugwuanyi’s successor, as ‘indecorous,’ explaining that Ugwuanyi’s administration had made tremendous efforts in security of life and property, which he said, should not be derailed by premature political postulations.

“We believe this is time for governance and not politicking. The governor should not be distracted in delivering democracy dividends to Enugu people. What is the rationale behind the call for the governor’s successor when his administration still has two years?

“What this implies is that they are asking the governor to abandon governance, provision of infrastructure and other dividends of democracy in search of a successor at the detriment of the citizens of the state,” the statement added.

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