Anambra Youths seek to curb godfatherism at State Assembly

Tochukwu Ifejika, Awka 

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Ahead of the 2023 general election, Anambra West Local Government Area youths of Anambra State have organized debates at the state House of Assembly, Awka, for all political parties and their candidates with a target to curb godfatherism in the constituency.

The event, which took place at Ajandu hall, Umuezi-Anam, in the Council Area, was conducted in an open debate and witnessed by the Media, NGOs, civil society groups, faith-based organisations, political leaders, and supporters of the contesting parties.

In his opening address, the Youth President of the Council Area, Simeon Okoye, described the debate as an essential landmark in the constituency’s democratic journey, saying it would deepen democracy and the growing maturity of governance and politics in Anambra West Local Government Area.

He said the debate has allowed the candidates to sell their vision and plans to the constituency. It has also allowed the electorate to assess the candidates and choose who will represent their interests without godfatherism at the State Legislative Chambers, Awka, come May 2023. “We the Youths, have been interested and strongly involved in the leadership and governance of the democratic system in Anambra State and Nigeria. We believe that when credible leaders are elected into public office, it will consequently drive development and reduce godfatherism, corruption and poverty to a great degree.”

He noted that a similar exercise would also be organised for Obiano’s wife, Dr. Ebelechukwu Obiano (APGA Candidate for Senate), Senator Stella Oduah (PDP Candidate for Senate), Dr. Tony Nwoye (Labour Party Candidate for Senate) and all the House of Representatives Candidates from Anambra North Senatorial District.


Reeling out his vision and plans for the constituency if elected, the Labour Party (LP) Candidate for the State Assembly, Dr. Festus Chukwuemeka, assured the people that he would rehabilitate all the dilapidated Healthcare Centres, School buildings across the communities in Anambra West LGAs.

Chukwuemeka, who arrived at the venue with thousands of his supporters, also promised to establish Central Farm Market in the Area in partnership with the State Government to generate revenue for the state and to pave the way for job opportunities for youths in the area. He also promised to render an account of his achievement monthly via town hall meetings if given the opportunity to serve.

He also appealed to the youths to vote for the Labour Party Presidential Candidate, Mr. Peter Obi, himself, and all other Labour Party Candidates in Anambra State. Other candidates who participated in the debate include; Comrade Chinoso Christian of the All Progressive Congress (APC), Hon. Joseph Ngoesera, Social Democratic Party (SDP), and Barrister Ikechukwu Chukwudebelu, People Democratic Party (PDP).