Valentine Ozigbo, the flag-bearer of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the 2021 Anambra governorship election, has continued to gain momentum as Umunwanyi Aguata Forum, the umbrella body of women groups in Aguata Local Government Area, threw its weight behind his candidacy.
The influential group made the endorsement on Sunday, October 17, 2021, when they held an interactive session with Mr Ozigbo at St Joseph’s Catholic Church Hall, Amesi.
According to the Umunwanyi Aguata Forum, which consists of various women groups in the 14 communities that make up Aguata LGA, they decided on Ozigbo because he meets the requirements to lead Anambra to greatness.
This endorsement is significant for several reasons, including the fact that the two candidates of the other major political parties are from Aguata LGA.
The women, therefore, assured the PDP candidate that they would mobilise their members to ensure that Ozigbo earns a resounding victory in the local government.
While reacting to the endorsement, Ozigbo, who his wife, Ojiugo Ozigbo, accompanied, thanked the group for the kind gesture.
The multiple award-winning global CEO reiterated his campaign promise of ensuring that women are significantly represented in his government if elected as governor.
“Women have always played key roles in everything I have done in my professional career, foundation, and politics. My campaign has been anchored on the collective strength of women and youths, and I assure you that you will be given your rightful place in my government,” Ozigbo said.
Valentine Ozigbo is the Founder of the Valentine Chineto Ozigbo (VCO) Foundation, which has supported and empowered women since its inception. On Sunday, February 14, 2021, Ozigbo celebrated Valentine’s Day with over 600 women from all the 21 LGAs in the state at a colourful event that endeared him to various women groups.
In July 2021, Ozigbo announced Mrs Azuka Enemo, a seasoned public, former academic, and a two-time Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, as his running mate. His announcement was well-received by women groups, party leaders, and traditional institutions.