My plans for November election
OpenLife Nigeria reports that as the stage gets set for the November governorship election in Anambra State gathers momentum, Obiora Okonkwo, an aspirant on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, has laid bare his plans to dislodge the ruling All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA and the All Progressives Congress, APC.
Speaking on Tuesday morning in a live Television programme on the African Independent Television, AIT, Okonkwo stated that he is the man to beat in the election.
He anchored his assurance on the electoral strength of Anambra Central Senatorial District which has the highest number of registered voters in Anambra State.
Okonkwo hails from Idemili North in the Anambra Central Senatorial District.
The founder of United Nigeria Airline who had submitted his nomination form in Abuja on Monday at the PDP national headquarters, maintained that Anambra State is traditionally a PDP state, stressing that but for the error in the past, no other political party would have been able to dislodge PDP from the State.
He emphasized that APGA has taken Anambra state backward since it assumed office in 2006 saying “It will take a private sector experience like what I have to liberate Anambra from the grips of poverty entrenched by APGA.
“I am a citizens of every kingdom in Anambra State. My philanthropic efforts have endeared me to all the traditional institutions in Anambra and that is why I have the highest number of traditional titles in the State.
“So, without being told, you know I am a grassroots man,” he submitted.
Okonkwo explained that he would implement local government autonomy within his first one year in office if elected as the State governor in November.
He added that he would resuscitate the collapsed industries in Nnewi.
“In the past, there were about 16 industries in Nnewi. At the moment, almost all of them have collapsed,” he stated.
Meanwhile, there are 16 members of the party that have collected nomination forms, a development that makes it extremely difficult for political book makers to predict who would clinch the umbrella ticket during the primary election fixed for June.
The Anambra Central Senatorial District of Obiora Okonkwo has governed the State for eleven years ranging from the eight years of Peter Obi and three years of Dr. Chris Ngige.
Mr. Willie Obianor, current governor of the State on the platform of APGA who is rounding off his two-term of eight years has from Anambra North.
Insiders have however argued that Anambra South should be supported in November election. They hinge their argument on the arithmetic that since 1999, the zone has only governed the State for four years during the tenure of Chinwoke Mbadinuju.
The Anambra South that seems to be favoured by this argument has Professor Charles Soludo, an APGA aspirant, as one of its illustrious sons.