Independent candidacy will allow electorates make their choices – Oduah

Former Minister of Aviation, Stella Oduah has said the approval of independent candidacy would stop political parties from forcing candidates on members.

Oduah, who represents Anambra North Senatorial District in the Senate said it would also give Nigerians the opportunity to “choose any person they truly want to represent them’’.

“For the first time, with that platform, people will vote for those they really want and not party and so, it will be a direct contract between the contestants and the electorate.

 “So, if faced one-on-one, the electorate will ask how the candidates’ emergence will be of benefit to them.

“If both agree that the man or woman is the person they are looking to impact positively on their lives, then it becomes a contract.

“Nobody will come tomorrow and say it is not you we voted for and no party will impose on people the candidate that is not of their choice.

“So, it will have direct impact, ensure freedom and remove party impunity, where parties often impose some people that are not the people’s choice.

“I think that is what we need in this country at this point in time,’’ the lawmaker said.

She added that the political parties cannot stop the clause from flourishing.

“The political parties cannot stop this from coming. Clearly they will fight but I believe that even political party members will be those that will apply under independent candidacy.

“For me, there is nothing as freeing and as fair as giving the people who they truly voted for.

“That is just what independent candidacy means. For the first time, you won’t have party imposition or impunity and so, people’s vote will count and their voices will be loud,’’ she said.

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