Free, fair primaries, key to genuine democracy – Sen Orji
By Steve Oko
Senator Theodore Orji representing Abia Central, has described free and fair primaries as the incubators of democracy.
He, therefore, vowed to stop at nothing in ensuring that the forthcoming primaries of the ruling Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, ” will be free and fair”.
Senator Orji who made the vow when one of the PDP governorship aspirants, Mayor Lucky Igbokwe came to consult with him in his Umuahia country home, said that free and fair primaries had no substitutes if democracy must thrive.
He promised not to renege in his responsibility as an elder statesman to ensure that level playing ground was provided for all the contestants at the PDP primaries.
Senator Orji encouraged the governorship hopeful to make wider consultations in his bid to actualise his ambition, adding that nobody can stop him from becoming Governor in 2023 “if it is God’s will”.
Speaking earlier, Mayor Igbokwe, had told the former Governor that he came to seek his fatherly blessing on his ambition as courtesy demanded.
He said his decision to join the governorship race was borne out of his passion to reinvent the state and realise the dreams of the founding fathers.
Mayor Igbokwe said his intention was to transform Abia State through Information Communication Technology, ICT, and entertainment industry.
He said he was well prepared to make Abia the pride of the Igbo man, adding that his administration will rebuild infrastructure across the state and open up the state for foreign direct investment.
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