2023: PDP chieftain says era of godfatherism over in Abia
Victor Apugo, a chieftain of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Abia, has said that the era of godfatherism in the state is over.
Apugo, a prince in Umuahia-Ibeku clan, stated this in a statement issued in Umuahia on Monday.
He said that he would mobilise youths in the state to stop imposition and godfatherism in the state.
He stated: “As intrigues for the 2023 politics gradually pick up, youths in Abia would vehemently resist imposition of candidates and godfatherism.
“No godfather shall be allowed to impose any candidates or cronies on the people.
“No political position in the state, including governorship, senate, house of representatives and house of assembly shall be by anointing again.
“The era of imposition is gone for good. Those hoping that it will be business as usual will be disappointed.”
Apugo, who was the immediate past General Manager of the Abia State Environmental Protection Agency, warned that Abia youths were now poised to take their destiny in their hands.
“Our youths would only support candidates based on their competence and antecedents.
“Abia governorship is not for sale. Our senatorial slots are not for sale. No political office is for sale in Abia. The future of our people cannot be mortgaged any more.
“Godfatherism and fake popularity have brought systematic slavery on the people of Ikwuano/Umuahia political block and never again shall we allow it,” he stated.
Apugo warned political godfathers to steer clear from the Abia 2023 politics or be prepared to be disgraced by the people.
Speaking specifically about future elections in his Ikwuano/Umuahia Federal Constituency, he stated: “We want a person who will give us quality representation with expected dividend of democracy.
“Any candidate imposed on the people of the constituency in future elections will lose because the people have realised that it is no longer business as usual.
“The electorate are wiser now and its vote can no longer be taken for granted. The people want somebody, who feels and understands their sufferings.
Apugo urged political office seekers in the constituency and Abia Central Senatorial District to “be ready to subject themeselves to due process of selection of candidates in 2023.”
According to him, the people must be allowed to freely choose their representatives in future polls.
Edited By: Maureen Atuonwu (NAN)