Thousands of APGA members decamp, join PDP
Anaocha Local Government Area of Anambra State was agog on Saturday, October 23, 2021, as Valentine Ozigbo, the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic PDP (PDP) in the 2021 Anambra governorship election, and his campaign train visited the PDP stronghold.
While addressing the mammoth crowd at St Patrick’s Catholic Church Field, Agulu, Mr Ozigbo reassured that he would provide visionary leadership that will make Anambra live up to its name as the Light of the Nation.
Ozigbo, who is the immediate past President and Group CEO of Transcorp Plc, declared that PDP is the “only viable option to deliver purposeful dividends of democracy” to the people of the southeastern state.
“Anaocha is the headquarters of the PDP in Anambra State because two of the highest-ranking members of the party – His Excellency Peter Obi and Senator Uche Ekwunife – are from this local government area,” Ozigbo told the cheering crowd.
“His Excellency Peter Obi has been a solid pillar, and we are all witnesses of how his stewardship is a shining example of what we can achieve with visionary leadership,” Ozigbo said.
“When Senator Uche Ekwunife agreed to serve as the Chairperson of our campaign council, I was assured that of victory at the election, and so far, she has played a significant role in our march to Agu Awka.
“I want the people of Anaocha to know that we mean well for Ndi Anambra, and we will do you all proud.
“On November 6, I urge you all to come out in your numbers and ensure that the PDP achieves sweeping victory in the Anaocha,” Ozigbo added.
In his remarks, the PDP Vice-Presidential candidate in the 2019 general elections, HE Peter Obi, expressed confidence in Ozigbo’s readiness to lead the people of Anambra to greatness.
Obi noted that Ndi Anambra could not afford to witness another eight years of infrastructural deficit, adding that the Ozigbo and the PDP will wipe the tears off their faces.
Mr Obi hailed Senator Ekwunife for the massive impact she has made in Anaocha, which has made up for the neglect that the people have suffered from the APGA-led government.
Senator Ekwunife, who also spoke at the event, assured the people of Ozigbo’s readiness to provide unique developmental imprints to the people of Anambra.
While describing the PDP as the best choice for the people, Senator Ekwunife reminded the people that she has not failed in her primary responsibilities as a senator, adding that the party’s candidate, Valentine Ozigbo, is eminently qualified and possesses the requisite experience to ensure development across all sectors of the state economy.
Earlier at the event, over one thousand All Progressives Grand Alliance members officially defected to the PDP, throwing their weight behind Ozigbo’s candidacy.
The APGA members, led by a former Speaker in the Anaocha, LGA Chief Silas Ejiabocha and Chief Goody Okeke, revealed that they were dissatisfied with APGA’s inability to deliver the dividends of democracy to the people.
With less than two weeks to the Anambra guber election, analysts are tipping PDP’s Valentine Ozigbo as the candidate to beat, largely because of his unique grassroots engagement, which has endeared him to Ndi Anambra both home and abroad.