From: Geoffrey Anyanwu, Awka
As the November 18, Anambra State governorship election gathers momentum, the Anambra State Association USA (ASA-USA Inc.) has advised the people of the state against selling their voters cards for monetary gains.
ASA-USA Inc., which is an umbrella association for all Anambra State citizens resident in the United States of America, reminded the people of the importance of the election to heart and soul of the state and warned them not to mortgage the life of the citizens and future of the children.
In a statement signed by Mr. Michael Iloegbunam and Mr. Nnamdi Ozoh, National President and National Secretary of the group, respectively, the body stated that as watchdog organisation, it would not hesitate to expose any candidate, political party or group that fails to play according to the rules pre, during and after the election.
The statement reads in parts, “Anambra State Association USA Inc. (ASA-USA Inc.) is evidently aware of the forthcoming gubernatorial election for our beloved home Anambra State. The election as always is about the heart and soul of our state Anambra, the life of its citizens and the future of our children born and unborn.
“The seriousness of the task at hand demands that all hands must be on deck to ensure that only the best candidate is voted into place to serve as the next Executive Governor of Anambra State. However, we will be unable to elect the best individual to serve Anambra State, without the electorates understanding the candidate’s platforms/programs and visions for our Anambra State.
“In other to help educate anyi bu ndi Anambra on the real personalities that wants to be our Governor for the next four years, ASA-USA Inc. will love to see a platform where the candidates of the various political parties will articulate their positions and visions for our beloved state.
“ASA-USA Inc. is calling on our fellow ndi Anambra to ensure that they come out on the day of election and cast their votes. Every voter must insist that their vote counts. “Say no to anyone who wants to buy your voters cards for cash or any other gift. Governorship election is not a joke; we must not sell the position for a handful of cash. We are stating it clearly here that as a “watchdog organization,” ASA-USA Inc. will not hesitate to call-out and bring to public attention any candidate, group or political party whose actions and conducts enable or cause the disturbance of the peace and welfare of ndi Anambra during and after this election period.”
ASA-USA Inc. which is also non-profit, civic, educational and charitable organization said it was ready to work with other parties to ensure the enthronement of equity, justice, sound public policies and democratic process in Anambra state.
It prayed for God’s grace for the people to elect some one with wealth of experience, wisdom and ability to govern the state.