Enugu State Government has dismissed rumour making the rounds that today’s scheduled local government election would be put on hold due to a suit instituted by the All Progressives Congress, (APC).
In a statement, the Senior Special Assistant to Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi on Inter-governmental Affairs and Electoral Process, Vincent Obetta, declares that there was no legal hurdle in the way of the exercise and urged the residents to take active part in electing their leaders.
Obetta says: “following the assurances and the preparedness of the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) for the conduct of free and fair elections scheduled for 4th November, 2017, I call on the people of Enugu State to disregard the news making the rounds that the local government elections may not hold as scheduled following the suit filed by one of the opposition political parties in the state”.
Last minute campaigns reached feverish level in Enugu State, yesterday, as various political parties, particularly the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and All Progressives Congress (APC), made frantic efforts to convince the electorate in the 17 local government areas and 260 wards in the state to vote for their chairmanship and councillorship candidates in today’s election.
An ostensibly hopeful Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi is looking forward to his party, the PDP, sweeping the polls, having himself led the party faithful to campaign across the wards and local government areas in the state.
On the other hand, the APC is equally ready as the party’s National Chairman, Chief John Odige-Oyegun, joined the party members at their last rally in Oji River Local Government area on Thursday to spread the gospel of change in the Coal City.
Governor Ugwuanyi had upon assumption of office in 2015 said that he would conduct a local government election that would be unprecedented in the history of polls in the state, and one that would be fair and just to all the political parties.
Ugwuanyi had released N25 million to the Enugu State Independent Electoral Commission (ENSIEC) and later N310 million with the express directive for the commission to conduct council election before the end of this year.
For the opposition political parties, this is indeed a new dawn as in the last 18 years in Enugu State, local government election has been dominated by the PDP.
Governor Ugwuanyi had assured the other political parties in the state, that he would provide a level playing ground for all of them to participate.