…To Release N44M War Chest
By jude Atupulazi
The only way for the People’s Democratic Party, PDP, to recapture Anambra State is for the aspirants to meet the voters in their domain, rather than wasting their time on social media. The immediate past governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, stated this during the Southeast Zonal Stakeholders meeting of PDP at Marble Arch Hotel, Awka, last Monday.
Obi who announced the donation of N44m to the party to be used in running its affairs, said it was not enough to claim that the state belonged to PDP without doing the needful to achieve that and charged the aspirants to draw a line between potential and reality and reach out to the people, who, he said, were the ones that voted.
‘Go to the people and campaign and tell them what you will do for them. Delegates are not the only people. Reach out to everyone in the party. Stop campaigning on the social media. Meet everyone,’ he said.
Obi who also said the party would visit every ward to touch the people, said he would be giving N4m monthly to the party from this month to the month of the election in November this year; while he said as part of the ward tours, he would be donating N100, 000 for each of the 325 wards.
Obi said the reason he was giving the monthly remittance to the party was for the party to cease troubling the aspirants for money and allow the aspirants to spend it on the voters. He said if this was not done, the aspirants would run out of money by the time they needed to spend it.
For his part, Ali Odefa, the National Vice Chairman, Southeast,
expressed his satisfaction with the maturity of the aspirants, noting that it was unique and urged other states to borrow the Anambra example.
He said no state in the zone was more PDP than Anambra, noting that Anambra was the best in politics, being that no violence was ever recorded.
He said the party was ripe to win the guber seat, given the number of lawmakers it now had, even as he appealed for the withdrawal of all subsisting law suits by the litigants.
‘If you remove these cases from court we will invite our elders to settle it. No one can gain everything,’ he said, while calling for a united front.
He expressed the hope that if they worked hard, the party would win, even as he assured on free and fair primaries.
Odefa said the party would depart from the old order by allowing the best candidate to win, noting that all the aspirants were qualified and capable of winning.
‘This is business. No sentiments, no emotions. You know the delegates; go and meet them. They’re the major people that will help your cause,’ he said.
The state chairman of the party, Ndubisi Nwobu, welcomed the zonal working committee and members led by Ali Odefa and remarked that the party in the state was one and united. He said once the primaries of the party were free and fair, the party would win.
Nwobu urged the aspirants to be confident in the party leadership, noting that the conduct of free and fair primaries would ensure that the losers would cooperate with the winner.
He said the party leadership was amenable to advice at every stage, even as he pleaded with litigants to sheathe their swords and use the money to support the party.
The state chairman solicited for funds in running the party, noting that paucity of funds would stifle the chances of the party, even as he commended those who had been helping out