…As Odefa, Nwobu, Assure of Free, Fair Primaries
Valentine Ozigbo, a leading Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship aspirant in Anambra State, has urged the party’s leaders, stakeholders, faithful, and his fellow aspirants, to eschew division and embrace pragmatism as the party gears up towards the 2021 gubernatorial election.
The respected business mogul and philanthropist made this known on Monday, January 4, 2020, during the visit of the chairman of PDP’s South East Caretaker Committee, Ali Odefa, to Anambra State.
At the event, held at Marble Arch Hotel, Awka, Mr Ozigbo stressed the importance of cohesion within the party.
According to him, the PDP had failed to win the governorship election in the state for the past 16 years because party members had failed to rally support for the party’s preferred candidate. He appealed to aspirants and stakeholders to wholeheartedly throw their weight behind any aspirant who emerged victorious at the party’s primaries.
Still on the issue of primaries, Ozigbo said it was important for party delegates to be objective and prioritize competence when selecting the party’s flag-bearer. He cautioned that failure to do so would translate to another woeful outing at the polls.
In his remarks, the former Governor of Anambra State and Vice Presidential candidate of the PDP in the 2019 General Elections, Peter Obi, advised aspirants to deepen their political play, urging them to focus on garnering the support of the locals who would eventually make up the large bulk of the electorate.
While addressing the audience, the Anambra State chairman of the party, Chief Ndubuisi Nwobu, restated his commitment to ensuring that the party primary was free, fair, and devoid of rancour.
He also expressed optimism that the PDP would reclaim the top seat in the state in the November Election.
In his submission, the South East Caretaker chairman of the party, Ali Odefa, echoed the assurances of Chief Nwobu that the primaries would be free and fair, adding that a transparent primary election was essential to inspiring confidence.
Odefa’s working visit to Anambra State was part of activities towards enduring a successful outing of the PDP in the governorship election billed to hold in November 2021.