Anambra Guber election: INEC obeys Court, lists Ozigbo, enemo as PDP candidates

September 10, 2021
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ABUJA – The Independent Nation­al Electoral Commission (INEC) on Thursday obeyed the Court of Appeal ruling by publishing Valentine Ozigbo as the candidate of the Peo­ples Democratic Party (PDP) for Anambra November 6 gu­bernatorial election.

The national electoral body in obedience to the or­der of the Court of Appeal granted on Friday, September 3, 2021 published the names of Mr. Ozigbo and his running mate, Mrs. Azuka Enemo, as the governorship and deputy governorship candidates of the PDP.

This is as the party also on Thursday inaugurated a Na­tional Campaign Council for the 2021 gubernatorial elec­tion chaired by Dr. Okezie Ik­peazu, governor of Abia State.

The inauguration of the 179-member National Cam­paign Council follows the in­auguration of the State Cam­paign Council and Campaign Organisations, as well as Lo­cal Government and Ward Campaign Organisations in the 21 LGAs and 326 wards of Anambra State.

The inauguration, held at the National Secretariat of the party, Wadata House, Abuja, had in attendance Delta State Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, who serves as the Deputy Chairman to Ikpeazu, who was absent due to an official assignment outside the coun­try; Senator Uche Ekwunife, who is the chairperson of the State Campaign Council.

While speaking on be­half of the chairman of the council, Governor Okowa expressed confidence in the flag-bearer of the party and said that he and his colleagues were totally committed to backing up Ozigbo to ensure that he wins the election.

“We have the best candi­date, we have the best mes­sage, we have the best party, and we have the greater grass­roots support,” Okowa said.

Former Vice President Atiku Abubakar spoke of the great chances of the party in the election, hailing the lead­ers, and affirming the party unity.

“Our great party, the PDP, has never been this united heading into an election be­fore,” Alhaji Abubakar said as he threw his weight behind Ozigbo.

Other governors named to the council and present at the inauguration were Governor Aminu Tambuwal of Sokoto State, the chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum; Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom; Governor Bala Mo­hammed of Bauchi; Governor Duoye Diri of Bayelsa; Gover­nor Samuel Ortom of Benue; Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo; Governor Ifeanyi Ug­wuanyi of Enugu; Governor Seyi Makinde of Oyo; and Taraba’s Darius Ishaku.

Joining the governors on the Council are heavyweights like Senator Eyinnaya Aba­ribe, the Senate Minority Leader; PDP Board of Trust­ees (BoT) member, Senator Ben Ndi Obi; former Deputy Senate President, Senator Ike Ekweremadu; Iyom Jo­sephine Anenih, a former Women Affairs Minister and a BoT member; and Aliyu Gusau, the Deputy Governor of Zamfara.

While addressing the au­dience, the party’s candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, thanked the National Working Commit­tee of the PDP, the PDP Gov­ernors’ Forum, the party’s Board of Trustees, for the sup­port and encouragement that he has received from them.

He declared that the inau­guration today “sends a pow­erful message to the nation, particularly Ndi Anambra, that PDP is ready to win the upcoming election”.

Ozigbo expressed his con­fidence in the leadership of Governors Ikpeazu and Okowa, saying that with their leadership of the campaign, the PDP is on the right path to executing a cutting edge cam­paign that would take the Ka Anambra Chawapu message to the deepest grassroots of the South-Eastern state.

Senator Abaribe, the Mi­nority Leader of the Senate, in his remarks called on all the people of Anambra State to rally behind Ozigbo and the PDP in the election.

“It should not be heard that a party that is operating in the 13th century comes in and takes over Anambra State,” Abaribe said, slamming the ruling party. He declared that the reported plot to rig the November 6 election will not work in a state like Anambra.

Other members of the Campaign Council include Peter Obi, the immediate past governor of Anambra and the 2019 vice presidential candidate of the party; Sena­tor Josephine Anenih, a BoT member and former Minister of Women Affairs; Chief Ali Odefa, the PDP vice chairman for the South-East zone; Chief Okey Muo-Aroh, a member of the PDP National Executive Committee.

In August, the PDP inaugu­rated its campaign structure for the 2021 Anambra guber election at the wards and local government areas’ levels.

A grassroots favourite and natural crowd-puller, Valentine Ozigbo is a mul­tiple-award-winning global CEO whose Ka Anambra Cha­wapu message has sparked the largest political move­ment in the South-East. His victory at the PDP’s June 26 primary is regarded as one of the most inspirational stories in Nigeria’s recent political history.

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