With the emergence of Valentine Ozigbo as the Candidate for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP for the November 6 Governorship Election in Anambra State, all PDP needed for a better chances at the polls was a united front headed by a good captain that can comfortably sail the ship to victory.
Valentine Ozigbo has made numerous efforsts and united most of the aggrieved aspirants since after the Party’s Primaries.
To further show his determination for victory, Valentine Ozigbo and the People’s Democratic Party has indeed recorded another milestone by appointing Senator Uche Ekwunife, Senator Representing Anambra Senatorial Zone in the National Assembly and Former PDP Governorship aspirant, as the captain to sail the campaign team to victory in the Novermber 6 Governorship Race.
Senator Uche Ekwunife was declared the Chairperson of the Valentine Ozigbo Governorship Campaign Council on Sunday, August 8, 2021 in Abuja at a press briefing at the residence of Prince Uche Secondus, the National Chairman of the People’s Democratic Party, PDP. The briefing was attended by Governor Aminu Tambuwal, the Chairman of the PDP Governors’ Forum, Governor Ahmadu Fintiri of Adamawa State, and Governor Udom Emmanuel of Akwa Ibom State, who joined via phone conference. Valentine Chineto Ozigbo, PDP Governorship Candidate for Anambra 2021 Governorship Election and Senator Uche Ekwunife were also present at the briefing.
Ekwunife’s appointment is a result of a high-powered party reconciliation effort initiated by the PDP Governors’ Forum. At the last meeting of the governors’ forum held in July in Bauchi, a panel of five governors was set up to reconcile all former aspirants with the party’s flag-bearer and all other aggrieved stakeholders of the PDP in Anambra.
The members of the panel were Governor Aminu Tambuwal, Governor Ahmadu Finitiri, Governor Udom Emmanuel, Governor Godwin Obaseki of Edo State, and Governor Samuel Ortom of Benue State.
At the briefing, Prince Secondus declared that the appointment of Sen. Ekwunife showed that the PDP’s internal dispute resolution mechanism is effective and that the benefits of her appointment will be far-reaching.
“With this milestone, coupled with other plans that will be unveiled soon, PDP is set to regain Anambra in 2021. We have a history of doing political exploits in elective office contests in the state, especially at the National Assembly level, and we are set to replicate our successes in November,” Secondus declared.
Governor Tambuwal spoke glowingly of both Mr Ozigbo and Senator Ekwunife and added that “the PDP Governors’ Forum was tasked to do what was necessary to reconcile with Senator Ekwunife and other key stakeholders to ensure we enthrone Valentine Ozigbo as a full member of our forum”.
“The Forum, therefore, set up a 5-governor committee of Sokoto, Adamawa, Benue, Edo and Akwa Ibom States. This announcement marks the first major milestone of the exercise, and we are elated,” Tambuwal added.
Senator Ekwunife, in her brief remarks, said that she was honoured to be named as the Chairperson of the State Campaign Council of Valentine Ozigbo, whom she called her brother and friend, and urged all PDP faithful to put in their very best to ensure that the party wins the governorship race.
In response, Ozigbo extolled Sen.Ekwunife’s political virtues and expressed his joy and happiness in having her as the Chairperson of his campaign organisation. He equally thanked the leadership of the PDP and all the PDP governors for their outstanding efforts and urged them not to relent until the party wins the election.
Also present at the briefing were Hon Tim Egboka, s Director in VCO Campaign Organisation, Hon George Ozodinobi and Chief Tony Emelife, who accompanied Ekwunife to the event.
Valentine Ozigbo, a business mogul and philanthropist, emerged as the winner of the keenly contested PDP primary winner on June 26, 2021. His victory is regarded as one of the most inspirational stories in Nigeria’s recent political history.
Ozigbo named Mrs. Azuka Enemo, a seasoned administrator, an academic, and a former two-time Commissioner of Local Government Affairs, as his running mate on July 29, 2021, a decision that has boosted the PDP chances of victory in the forthcoming election.
Observers and analysts have described Ozigbo as “the candidate to watch” in the governorship race of the southeastern state.