Ahead of the forthcoming general elections, a civil society organisation, “Selfless Project,” has concluded its opinion poll in Isiukwuato, Ummuneochi, Bende, Arochukwu and Ohafia local government areas of Abia state.
According to information gathered from its research, the All Progressives Congress (APC) candidate, Dr. Orji Kalu, had the highest score of 55 per cent followed by the candidate of All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief David Onuoha, who scored 25 per cent and the candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) who was ranked third with a mark of 20 per cent.
Disclosing the criteria used in arriving at the figures, the coordinator of the research group, Mr. Daniel Agwu, stressed that data were sourced through interviews, questionnaire and other channels.
He said: “The APC candidate’s general acceptability across Abia North senatorial zone is remarkable. Most of the people could not hide their love for Kalu as they recalled his achievements as governor including free education, free medical scheme and sports development (victory of Enyimba FC in CAF Champions League).
“Considering the fact that the former governor, who is a member of the ruling party and has access to the federal machinery and coupled with his political followership at the grassroots, Kalu has bright chances of winning the election.
“The APGA candidate has massive support in his homestead, Abariba, but that alone cannot give him victory.
“Ohuabunwa is not popular because he has failed to deliver the dividends of democracy to his constituents and coupled with the unpopular policies of the PDP-led Abia State government, Abians are wary of PDP candidates across the state.”
While assuring election observers and other stakeholders of their co-operation in ensuring a credible poll in Abia State, the coordinator urged the electorate to vote for candidates with pedigree and good antecedents for the sake of democracy.