The Grassroots Initiative for Social Change has donated an office located in Abuja Municipal Area Council, AMAC, to champion the presidential bid of Mr Peter Obi, Labour Party’s presidential candidate in the 2023 elections.
The president of the initiative, Nze Kanayo Chukwumezie, told our correspodent on Monday that the group’s adoption of Mr Obi is based on his person, and not on party lines. Chukwumezie added that the initiative is an emerging political party with outreaches all over the country.
According to him, “The edifice is being allowed for the Peter Obi campaign, then our Grassroots Initiative for Social Change group decides who uses it for Senate and House of Reps. We work with people and not with parties.”
On his group adopting candidates and not parties, he said, “You will agree with me that no political party in Nigeria has any ideology. This is why candidates jump from one party to another like people change clothes.
“Our concern is the welfare of the grassroots, the masses. So we pitch our tent with whoever will best deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
“This will continue till we secure registration to float a party for the masses with clear objectives and philosophy. We therefore hope to have offices opened in as many locations as possible in the federation for the elections based on these principles.”
On the alleged attacks on some political parties by some ruling parties across the federation, Nze Chukwumezie urged the victims to follow the guidelines for fair elections, and resort to the judiciary.
In his view, “INEC has guidelines for fairness in elections. Any cases that go contrary to these guidelines that are well documented are good cases for the courts and election tribunals.
“One institution that has not been overrun completely in Nigeria today is the judiciary. So proper documentation with clear, unbiased and indisputable facts are keys. Any candidate or political party that is being denied rights should document the evidences and petition INEC, then approach the court if no justice is done.”