- Politics in the Anambra central senatorial district may not favor the PDP and APGA candidates as elders in the area have distanced themselves from the candidates.
- Elders at the Enugwu-Ukwu Igu-Aro festival in Njikoka LGA claimed that politicians abused people’s intelligence and tradition by forcibly entering the festival grounds.
- Uchenna Eze, an eyewitness, recounted that the candidates did not follow the instructions given to them by security agents at the entrance to the festival hall.
Enugwu-Ukwu, Anambra – The elders of the Anambra Central Senatorial District have distanced themselves from the senatorial candidacies of the duo of Senator Uche Ekwunife of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) and the Hon. Dozie Nwankwo of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA), for allegedly instigating his supporters to disrupt activities during the just-concluded Enugwu-Ukwu Igu-Aro festival at Njikoka LGA in Anambra State.
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Legit.ng Anambra regional reporter Mokwugwo Solomon noted that the elders claimed that the two senatorial candidates in Anambra Central District desecrated the norm by forcing themselves into the main festival arena with the political campaign flag; they said, it was forbidden.
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Speaking during the festival that ended yesterday in Enugwu-Ukwu, the elders said that the act, as far as they were concerned, showed that the two were just selfish and desperate in their quest to represent the area.
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The leader of the elders, Okeke Nwoye-Kwalu, was quoted as saying this:
“It was a shame what the APGA and PDP senatorial candidates did during our revered Igu-Aro party. They insulted the sensitivity of our people and our tradition before our visitors from all over the world. And we are saying that these politicians do not deserve our support.”
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An eyewitness, Uchenna Eze, who also narrated the incident to Legit.ng, said:
“Dozie Nwankwo arrived earlier with his team of supporters at the Igu-Aro festival venue in Enugwu-Ukwu, but they were asked to wait at the entrance gate until the appropriate time so that their activities could take place at that ceremony.
“The organizers of the event announced that no politicians would be allowed to enter the main arena with political flags. Dozie Nwankwo, who was running for the position of Anambra Central Senator under the platform of the All Progressive Grand Alliance APGA (APGA), and his followers, waited patiently at the entrance gate.
“While they waited, the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for Anambra Central Senator, Senator Uche Ekwunife, and her supporters arrived and ‘made their way into the main arena carrying numerous PDP flags and umbrellas.
“Seeing what happened, Dozie Nwankwo’s supporters also made their way into the arena carrying APGA flags. The development caused a chaotic, sparkling and tense atmosphere, which almost interrupted the event.”
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