Commencement of polls at Amatutu village, Agulu - Photo courtesy of Vanguard Newspapers

Commencement of polls at Amatutu village, Agulu - Photo courtesy of Vanguard Newspaper

Anambra indigenes resident in Rivers have called on voters to elect credible people as Governor and Deputy Governor of the state in Saturday’s gubernatorial election.

Some of the indigenes said Saturday’s election would be crucial to the survival and future of democracy in the country.

Chief Ernest Elochukwu, former President of the Association of Nigerian Licensed Customs Agents, told the News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) in Port Harcourt on Saturday, that the election would provide “a big mirror to the situation of our democracy.”

I enjoin all ‘dramatis personae’  in today’s election not to undermine the principles of democracy.

A lot is at stake today and all hands must be on deck to ensure that the election is held in a free and fair atmosphere,” he said.

He urged the people of the state not to allow sentiments affect their choice of candidate and should vote for people who had their long term interest at heart.

On his part, Mr Chuks Okoye, a businessman, urged voters to shun politicians who might tempt them with money.

“The era of money politics is over in our state. What we want now is somebody who is serious minded and have the interest of the state at heart.

“We want a Governor who will take us to the promised land,’’ he said.

Another Anambra indigene, Mrs Carol Obi, a school teacher, called on stakeholders not to make the election “a do or die affair”.

“What I am saying in effect is that a winner must emerge today.

“Whoever wins should carry everybody along and the losers should take it in the spirit of sportsmanship,’’ she said.

For Mr Emeka Udeh, a mechanic, the election would be a big test for the survival of democracy in the country.

He said that the outcome would determine the nature of next year’s general election in the country.