By Ikeugonna Eleke
The candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Valentine Ozigbo has said that he does not have a godfather in the Anambra governorship race.
Ozigbo said the only godfather he would have had were the same ones he fought and defeated in the court to retrieve his governorship ticket, after they tried to take it away from him.
The candidate was reacting to the consistent mention of the former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi, in his speeches, who had also been rumoured to be his godfather.
The former president and group chief executive officer of Transcorp, who spoke with journalists in Awka during an interactive session, said a godfather was one to whom a political office holder could not say no. he said Obi was no such person to him.
He said, ‘A godfather is a person you cannot say no to and I do not have that kind of person around me. I do not have a godfather.
‘Obi is not my godfather, and if you noticed, while I was still aspiring for the ticket of the PDP, he (Obi) never followed me to anywhere, but only came immediately I won the ticket of the party.
‘He (Obi) was never with me when I was not a candidate, but when I won the candidacy, he came all out. I associate with him because I know he did well. If I’m not proud to associate with Peter Obi, who else will I be proud to associate with in Anambra PDP?
‘Godfather is one who will tie your hands and tell you to share the state’s resources. I know those ones and I battled them in court and I defeated them well. So I’m in the race to give value to Anambra people.’
Ozigbo said he was confident of winning the election, but was worried about the level of rot he would meet in office when he assumed.
He described himself as being on a huge advantage in the election, having three qualities that all the other candidates lacked. He named such qualities to include: content of character, ability to listen and his youthfulness.
He added that he had so far taken his campaign to six governorship debates, when his counterparts in the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Senator Andy Uba and Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, respectively, had both attended only one hosted by Arise News Channel.