Uzodimma assures parties of equal opportunity in electioneering
The Imo State Governor, Hope Uzodimma, has promised political parties of a level playing ground as far as campaigns towards the 2023 elections in the state are concerned.
The governor, however, reminded politicians and their parties that election campaigns must be conducted within ambits of the law.
Uzodimma made the promise, yesterday, while addressing the congregation at the end of church service at the Government House Chapel, Owerri.
He told those who want to conduct rallies in Owerri to apply, in writing, to the government for the facility they intend to use, assuring that approval would be given.
Uzodimma noted that Admiral Ndubuisi Kanu Square, for example, would be available for any political party interested in using the facility for campaign.
He said: “All political parties, will have the opportunity to carry out their campaigns in the same venue to avoid complaints of denial that followed such restrictions in the past. Such is the only way Imo people will properly assess the parties’ preparedness, achievements and what they have for the people to make a informed choice.”
Let them come and talk to the people about what they want to do, and, at the end of the day, the people will be in better position to make informed decision.”
The governor cautioned those who believe that they are drawing democracy back in the country by burning the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) facilities, to desist from such, and have a rethink.
“Democracy had succeeded in other countries, and should be allowed to succeed in Nigeria,” the governor added.
He alleged that it is politicians, who know they are going to lose election, that instigate the destruction of INEC facilities, as well as other institutions of democracy.
Earlier, the governor had reminded Imo people on the need to prepare for this year’s Christmas, as God has been gracious to the state and the government, particularly, “if we can spare a thought about where we are coming from in terms of insecurity and where we are now.”