Independent candidacy, best option for 2019 – Stella Oduah

Senator Stella Oduah has said that Independent Candidacy remained the best option for best representation ahead of the 2019 elections.

In a statement issued on Friday, Oduah, who represents Anambra North Senatorial District said independent candidacy would end the impunity of imposition by political parties and ensure the right candidates are elected either through a political party or as an independent contestant.

The senator took this position just as the Senate on Thursday approved electronic voting ajead of the 2019 elections.

Oduah who has been pushing the Independent Candidacy bill since the inception of te 8th Senate, stressed that independence candidacy had worked in other developed countries and it would also work in Nigeria.

“It has worked in the US. Indeed, it is a global best practice. If you bring it back home it will give the electorate the opportunity to choose who they want.

“We may not like political party B or political party C, but we like this individual. So, people will have direct access to choose their leaders.

“It will also remove the issue of imposition. It will not be a free-for-all. The best will emerge,” she said.

The Senator also defended constituency projects saying that the project was aimed at taking development to the grassroots.


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