From Ngozi Omah, Awka
July 24, 2022
The Labour Party, LP, and its Presidential candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, has been counseled to positively consider creating political structures across states of the federation and to stop depending on social media influencers, if the party must make appreciable impact in the coming 2023 general election.
The wise counsel was dropped to Obi and LP hierarchy yesterday by the National Coordinator, Electoral Matters and Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Liaison officer for African Democratic Congress, ADC, Chief Anayo Arinze.
Chief Arinze noted that those campaigning for Obi via social media were only doing so to decieved him because INEC has no polling units on social media platforms.
According to him, Obi’s popularity was mainly on social media only and that the Labour Party would not make any good headway because it had no structure or politician to push his candidates for the 2023 election that would be keenly contested electoral exercise.
He said, “I don’t think the Labour Party would make any good headway in the election as being champion on social media.They have no structure at all levels, including Anambra State, where it Presidential Candidate come from. They have no offices were they do hold meetings except social media platform, so how do you expect them to have votes on the election, he asked.
He noted that It will take a miracle for the Labour Party with no structure at the grassroots to win the election, particularly,, in Anambra State.
Arinze who spoke at the stakeholders’ meeting of ADC in Awka said the gathering was more of a retreat to articulate the way forward for the party and its candidates for the 2023 general elections.
He admitted that membership strength of the party has been boosted, since the registration of ADC in 2006 as a Political party in Nigeria under the leadership of Chief Ralphs Okey Nwosu, we had always produced the best Presidential candidates that would transformed Nigeria into a global super power, starting with Prof. Pat Utomi to the late Dr. Obediah Mailafia, the former Deputy Governor of Central Bank Nigeria (CBN).
He said, “For 2023 Presidential election, we have presented to Nigerians another great thinker, technocrat, a highly successful businessman, builder and entrepreneur, Mr. Dumebi Kachikwu, whose businesses cut across 20 countries in four continents to take Nigeria to greater levels.
Mr Dumebi is boosted and spured to give Nigeria a holistic transformation to a global super power and reckoning in the community of nation’s.
He said the ADC need to “re-enact our zeal commitment and patriotism towards the party and all its candidates. No matter how well prepared Dumebi, Chief Ralphs Okey Nwosu, the party National Working Committee (NWC) and the Board of Trustees (BoT), are working towards winning the 2023 elections, they can not succeed without us. We must give them unalloyed and unflinching support. They need us extensively because we are to form the team of campaign coordinators at the state, LGAs, Wards and even form polling units agents. We are to form support groups at various levels and work for them. No individual win elections. Electoral victories are for all members.
“Now that ADC is at the verge of winning major electoral victories in 2023, I implore all of you to stick with the party, shun anti-pary activities as many of you are doing presently and focus on ADC campaigns. Ensure that your wings are well covered. Let us work to deliver Mr. Kachikwu and our great party, African Democratic Congress (ADC), in 2023, he added.
The National Coordinator, used the occasion to appeal to President Mohammadu Buhari, to intensify action on how to end the incessant kidnappings and killings the country.
He also called on Indigenous People of Biafra (IPOB), to cancelled the Moday’s sit-at- home order completely for the sake of Igbo citizens.
In their remarks, during the meeting, the party’s candidate for Anambra East/West Federal Constituency, Hon. Okonkwo Sunday, candidate for Anaocha two State Constituency, Engr. Emeka Ejiofor and his Awka one State Constituency counterpart, Comrade Nwachukwu Obinna, says they are contesting the election under ADC platform because of the party’s interest to change the ugly political and social-economic challenges confronting Nigeria at the moment.