The reason for the poll shift is cogent, Ken Ojiri, Accord Party guber candidate in Imo State has said.
In his reaction to the poll shift announced at the weekend, he said the security implications cited by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) for altering the election time-table seemed grave enough to justify the shift. He praised the courage exercised by INEC in the decision.
Ojiri called on Nigerians to cooperate with INEC and work toward holding elections on the new dates, aimed at making them safe, free, fair and credible eventually. He said his own party will comply fully with the new schedule because he believes it was set with the interest of country in mind.
He stressed the need to get it right when the polls are held as re-schedule on March 28 and April 11.
He advised voters, particularly in Imo, to use the opportunity of the shift to review their stand on who to vote as their next governor, describing it as a delicate decision which could change their lives for the better or keep things in doldrums some more years to come.
He reiterated his position that the government in Imo state needs to be changed and replaced with an intellectually sound, forward looking modern, honest, focused and dynamic leadership. He said the rule of insincere and incompetent people in Imo state should be over this year, adding that governance in the 21st Century is no longer an all-comers affair but requires arduous preparations, especially possessing solid experience in the area of management of resources.
Ojiri said he is convinced that he is the fit and proper person to be on the saddle in Imo state this time as he hopes to take over from Gov. Rochas Okorocha after the polls. Indications, he said, are that “I will win the governorship election in Imo state, as Accord Party candidate.” He asked the Imo electorate to make this happen at the polls as this will be in the interest of all the people, with the plans he has mapped out for governing the state in the coming four years.