Ten religious organisations in Anambra state, under the aegis of Integrated Religions Council (IRC), have adopted Dr Obiora Okonkwo of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) as its favourite candidate for the November 6 governorship election in the state.
The religious organisations are; The Jews of Nigeria, The Nigerian Sabbath, The Eternal Sacred Order of Cherubim And Seraphim, The Traditional Religion Practitioners, and The Seventh Day Adventist.
Others are; The Nation Builders (Odozi Obodo), Practical Prayer Band (Ekpere Ufuma), Igbe Religion Practitioners, and the Christ Apostolic Church.
In a statement by its National President Nze Ferguson Umeh and Chief Arthur-Regis Odidika, President, Nigeria Jewish, the IRC said that the decision to throw their weight behind Dr Okonkwo was taken after their General Council meeting in the state.
“At a recent General Council meeting of IRC held in Awka, the Anambra State Capital, we examined the place of the Council in the November 6 Governorship election in Anambra state.
“We carried out a thorough review of the personal character traits of each of the 18 listed candidates and their hands-on experience on job creation and entrepreneurship.
“We also reviewed the manifestoes of all the candidates as made available to us with a view to understanding their vision and mission for the general good of Anambra state and its people.
“After a thorough review process, we found Dr Obiora Okonkwo of the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) as the most prepared for the task ahead. We also found in his manifesto workable solutions to the myriad of problems besetting Anambra State.
“Okonkwo’s manifesto contains thoughtful development programmes that are implementable and realisable and which we believe would help guarantee justice, equity and development of the state.
“On this score, the Integrated Religions Council (IRC) throws its weight behind Dr Okonkwo as our adopted candidate for the governorship of Anambra state.
“We, therefore, call on all our affiliate members and registered voters in Anambra state to eschew political boundaries and vote en-masse for the Zenith Labour Party (ZLP) and Dr Obiora Okonkwo on November 6.
“We shall also encourage and mobilise members of all religious faiths in Anambra state to use their votes to empower Dr Okonkwo of the ZLP to begin the transformative work he plans for the benefit of all Anambra people irrespective of religious faith or denomination,” the statement reads.