Elders under the aegis of Imo State Elders Advisory Council, have vowed to play active roles to ensure that a governor whose is the people’s choice is enthroned in the state.
To back their words with action, the elders have staged a debate for the contenders to the Imo Government House at the Cathedral of Transfiguration of Our Lord (CATOL) Owerri.
Seven prominent governorship candidates were invited for the debate but only the governorship candidates of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP); Accord Party, Ikedi Ohakim and Social Democratic Party (SDP), Okey Ezeh were present while the governorship candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) sent his deputy, Placid Njoku, to represent him.
Uche Nwosu, governorship candidate of the Action Alliance (AA); All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Ifeanyi Araraume and the governorship candidate of United Progressive Party (UPP) Tony Nwulu, were absent.
President of the elders’ council, Ralph Obioha, disclosed that the elders had decided to show strong commitment to the emergence of the next governor of the state to correct the bad governance that had been witnessed in the state in the past.
According to the elder statesman, those candidates invited but could not attend for valid reasons would be given another opportunity on Wednesday after which the elders would choose among the invitees, whom to support for the election.
“This time, it is not just having the debates; whoever we endorse, we would campaign for everywhere, in the churches, markets, parks – everywhere. The essence is for us to be united in enthroning a good governor in our state,” Obioha said.