*Install campaigns devoid of feelings
An All Progressives Congress (APC) leader, Chief Eze Chukwuemeka Eze, has condemned calls by some party members for Labor and Employment Minister Dr Chris Ngige to resign for failing to declare support. audience to Asiwaju Bola Tinubu.
Let us remember that the Minister of Labor during a television program refused to reveal the presidential candidate who would obtain his vote in next year’s elections.
But Eze, who is also a member of the APC Legacy Projects Media Team and former National Publicity Secretary of the defunct New Peoples Democratic Party (nPDP) that merged with APC, denounced such calls, saying the sentiment could only be the work of of flatterers. and people with a very poor understanding of the very essence of democracy that is deeply rooted in freedom of choice.
While noting that Ngige’s contribution and sacrifices to the formation of APC and the growth of our nascent democracy cannot be overstated, Eze commended Ngige for his courage.
He expressed enthusiasm that President Muhammadu Buhari does not pay attention to such trivial issues as the call for the dismissal of a minister for the exercise of a right, which is private and exclusive to his aide, like every private Nigerian.
“In a democracy like Nigeria, worthwhile people can hardly deviate from the personal concerns of others, particularly to the point of calling for the resignation or dismissal of an incumbent minister simply for making it clear what to do with their ballot. of vote. , which is within the exclusive domain of him as a private citizen.
“What did Ngige actually say to justify such a foolish suggestion? As he answers a question about who, between Bola Tinubu of APC and Peter Obi of the Labor Party, he will likely vote for in the 2023 presidential election.”
“I wonder if those who make such innuendos will want Dr. Ngige to say that he will vote for Tinubu on national television so that he is no longer safe in his community or that he will vote for Peter Obi so that those who don’t like him will then ask for his coat. But, Dr. Ngige, being a great thinker, surprised them by stating that his conscience will determine how he will vote in February 2023. So whoever doesn’t like his answer, he has to deal with it.
“I must commend Dr. Ngige for who he is and the level of wisdom he displayed in answering such a controversial question. Let the candidates take their sermons to the electorates and whoever wins the hearts of the majority of the electorates wins the election,” Eze declared.
The APC stalwart noted that since the campaigns began, everything must be done to ensure that the competition for votes is based on issues and not feelings.
It stated: “Citizens are allowed to extensively evaluate each candidate’s plans, policies, and programs by seeking their votes to find out who deserves their support, and any candidate who is able to convince people to believe in their plans of action wins the vote. choice.
“That is the beauty of democracy and Nigerians should be happy about the progress we are making on the way to strengthening democracy in our body politic.”