Christopher Isiguzo in Enugu
Ahead of the forthcoming local government election in Enugu State, a retired Army Brigadier -General, Felix Okafor, thursday joined the chairmanship race for Ezeagu council, pledging to make security a priority.
The aspirant is contesting the election on the platform of the All Progressives Congress (APC).
Ezeagu is the local government area of the incumbent Deputy Governor of the state, Mrs. Cecilia Ezeilo.
Speaking with journalists shortly after submitting his completed expression of interest and nomination forms to the party secretariat in Enugu, Gen. Okafor, said he was spurred by the dogged fight against corruption by President Muhammadu Buhari, in the country, vowing to replicate the graft war in his council area if elected.
He expressed satisfaction with the ruling APC manifesto, and President Buhariâ€™s philosophy of governance, which according to him, equally motivated him in pitching tent with the ruling party, describing the president as a man of integrity and honour.
He said his administration if elected, would be anchored on a six point agenda, which, will include, agriculture, education, healthcare, employment and infrastructural development.
In a brief remark, state Chairman of APC, Dr. Ben Nwoye, represented by the state Organising Secretary, Mr. Ifeanyichukwu Ede, had wished the aspirant well in his ambition.
The chairman, however, told the intending council boss, that APC, as a party for the progressives, believes so much in internal democracy, adding that it is against that backdrop that its leadership does not impose candidates on members during elections as allegedly obtained in other parties. â€œIn APC, it is only the people that determines who governs them, or becomes their candidate during primary electionsâ€ Nwoye stated, reminding aspirants for various positions in the council poll of the partyâ€™s primaries slated for Monday, September 11, 2017.