Wednesday, June 18, 2014 4:35 pm
Abuja – Sen. Paulinus Nwagu, Chairman, Senate Committee on Police Affairs, has declared his intention to contest the 2015 governorship election in Ebonyi.
Nwagu made the announcement at a news conference in Abuja on Wednesday.
He said he took the decision due to pressure from the people of the state.
He said this announcement was not an official declaration but an `acceptance of the call from the people of Ebonyi state.’“In total obedience to this clarion call from my people, I have decided to make myself available to them as a gubernatorial aspirant in Ebonyi under the PDP.
“This is a mere indication and affirmation of my intention to run for the office of governor of Ebonyi, not a campaign for the contest’’, Nwagu said.
He said he would commence his campaign when the PDP released its election guidelines.
Nwagu appealed to the media to support his aspiration.
He said he was the most qualified candidate with his pedigree and achievements in politics as he had served as Chancellor before becoming a senator.
He said although he might not be the anointed candidate of Gov. Martin Elechi, the governor would have no choice but to accept his candidacy since he was the choice of the people.
He criticised zoning of electoral positions, saying the arrangement denied the electorate the best candidate in an election.
He said if zoning was considered in the United States of America, Barrack Obama would not have become President.
Nwagu commended INEC for the arrangement put in place for the Ekiti governorship election slated for June 21.