In a very defining moment in Bende politics, all 13 community heads of Igbere clan (traditionally called ndi-Ezeogo) unanimously endorsed APC candidate, Chief Benjamin Kalu (BenKalu) for House of Reps., Bende Federal Constituency yesterday at the Amaofufe Community Hall, Igbere.
According to their spokesman, the community heads were acting in support of what their traditional rulers have already done. Recall that Ben Kalu recently received the blessings of the traditional rulers in Igbere.
At the meeting, the Ezeogos raised a couple of concerns to Chief Benjamin Kalu about the elections.
They complained that PDP is selling fear to the electorate that they will use thuggery to destabilize things in Bende.
Ben Kalu in his response, assured the council of ndi-Ezeogo that “thuggery will not be a problem because all the security agencies are at alert and will discharge their duties without fear or favor, to quell and quench every form of violence and thuggery in this elections.”
He further warned all thugs from Umuahia and Bende to stay away from Bende as thuggery would not be tolerated in Bende. Adding that the fact that rascals were allowed to tear posters and billboards should not mislead them as to their ability and willingness to take swift and decisive action.
The Council of Ndi-Ezeogo raised a concern over imminent vote buying in the coming election.
Ben Kalu responded by warning that anybody who allows themselves to be used to buy votes does so at the risk of their life because all of Bende youths have been energized to prevent any form of undue influence in the elections.
He ended by remarking that all that Bende wants is a free and fair election and for the best man to win.