Why we adopted Mascot Uzor Kalu for Abia guber – Christian youths
By Steve Oko
The Nigeria Christian Youth Forum (NCYF), Abia State chapter, has explained that it adopted the governorship candidate of the Action Peoples Party, APP, Mascot Uzor Kalu, as its consensus candidate for the March 11 governorship poll in the state based on his sterling leadership qualities.
Addressing a press conference Saturday in Umuahia, NCYF said it endorsed Kalu after a careful assessment of his manifesto and it was discovered he was the only governorship candidate with special agenda for the youths.
Publicity Secretary of the association, Comrade JohnBosco Ezema, who read from a prepared text, said the APP candidate was the only one among his counterparts that talked about youth inclusiveness in his cabinet.
He further said that Kalu had practical solution to the various challenges bedeviling the state.
According to him, Abia will fare better under the watch of Kalu who he said had shown capacity both in the public and private sectors.
The group which said urged Abia voters especially the youths to vote en mass for Kalu at the forthcoming governorship poll for a better Abia.
Ezema who read from a prepared text jointly signed by the NCFY President, Eugene Okonta; Secretary Iyke Okorie; and himself, said that Abia Christian youths were convinced that Kalu would not let them down.
The text read in part: “The Nigeria Christian Youth forum, Abia State, wishes to make it public that, following a wide opinion sampling, meetings and interactions with the electorates, parties and candidates who will be participating in the forthcoming election and having studied the manifestos of the eligible candidates, the manifesto and the candidacy of the Action People’s Party, gave us a strong conviction of hope.
“We, therefore, call on all Abians to give him their votes. We believe that he will deliver on the mandate of Abians if given the opportunity to serve.”
It further read:”Last election was marred by a lot of irregularities ranging from falsification and altering of figures, intimidation of voters and disenfranchisement which was as a result late arrival of materials to respective polling units
“However, we use this medium to call on the electorates not to feel dejected, downcast and hopeless. We urge youths especially, to add more zeal in order to avoid a repetition of what happened in some parts of the country during last election “.
NCYF noted condemned the failure of the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, to upload results from the polling units during the February 25 polls, and warned the commission against similar occurrence in future polls.
NCYF alleged that the delays by INEC to transmit results to its server on real time gave room for the manipulation of the poll results.
It however, urged voters not to be demoralized by the credibility question trailing the last election, assuring it had put in place some measures to checkmate rigging in the forthcoming polls.
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