The 2021 Electoral Committee of the Imo Newspaper Publishers Association, INPA, has absolved the administration of Senator Hope Uzodimma of any involvement in its forthcoming general polls scheduled for September 18.
The Committee, therefore, urged members insinuating such a falsehood to desist forthwith.
In a statement dated August 31, the Chairman of the committee and Publisher of Nigeria Moment Newspaper, George Nkwoji maintained that the state government apart from not been interested is not in a position to influence the outcome of the polls.
Nkwazi described as sacrosanct the September 18 date for the polls, saying that all machinery had been put in place to conduct the election into all executive positions of the association.
The clarification followed the statement of a two-man group masquerading as Board of Trustees which stated that the electoral Committee was illegal having been constituted by the outgoing chairman, Henry Ekpe after the expiration of his tenure.
The electoral committee acknowledged the expiration of Ekpe’s tenure but submitted the outgoing Chairman acted I’m tandem with a precedent set by a former two-time Chairman, Bright Chimezie Njoku, who raised an electoral committee many years after the expiration of his tenure to midwife the election of an executive council of the association.
Nkwazi enjoined aspirants and their supporters to go about their campaigns but within the ambit of law and morality.
He debunked the report of degeneration of peace in the association, saying that members are peacefully carrying on with their businesses while aspirants have campaigning without let or hindrance.
The Committee assured of its readiness to conduct free, fair and credible polls which will throw up a widely accepted executive of the association.
The committee was inaugurated on 30th July at a general meeting held at its secretariat and presided over the outgoing Chairman, Ekpe.
INPA was founded in 2011 by the publisher of Announcer Express Newspaper, Joe Anyama, who became its pioneer Chairman.
Njoku who took over from him handed over to Lambert Ojukwu, who resigned after two years to seek election as Chairman of Imo State Council of Nigeria Union of Journalists.
He handed it over to Ekpe.