The Governor of Abia State, Dr. Okezie Ikpeazu and his Delta State counterpart, Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa have been unanimously chosen by the interim leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) to the lead the party’s Anambra State campaign council for the November 6 gubernatorial election.
This is even as the PDP has insisted that it was going to ensure the use of biometerics in the election.
Recall that the PDP have over the years been making frantic efforts to regain power in Anambra, but the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) who unseated PDP have made Anambra State their fotress.
It means that PDP has to work very hard to wade off both APGA and the All Progressives Congress (APC) are no pushover as they (APC) have over the years garnered membership and built structures across the state.
As Anambrarians go to poll to elect their next governor in the next four years, with former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) Governor, Professor Chukwuma Soludo, Senator Ifeanyi Ubah (CEO Capital Oil) of the Young Peoples Party (YPP) and Senaator Andy Uba all in the mix, it means that Ikpeazu and Okowa must get their acts right in order to deliver Anambra to the PDP.
Ikpeazu and Okowa will be leading other members of the campaign council numbering over 100 including all past and serving governors who are equally members of the council.
The acting National Chairman, Elder Yemi Akinwonmi, while inaugurating the council in Abuja, called for the cooperation of council members in order to ensure victory of the party in the November 6 election.
Akinwonmi said, “I call on all members of the council and Ndi-Anambra to close ranks and deliver the state to PDP families.
He continued: “The cooperation of all and sundry is expected for the actualisation of PDPs dream.
“I would like to seize this opportunity to appreciate on behalf of the PDP, all the aspirants, who dramatically contested with the candidate, your spirit of sportsmanship is wonderful.
“I call on you to kindly hold hands together to deliver Anambra to PDP.
“We call on all of us to set aside differences and look at the PDP and Nigeria above any personal consideration. Anambra is winnable for PDP,” Akinwonmi said.
The Deputy Chairman of the Council, Dr Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state who spoke on behalf of the campaign council said PDP was set to win the Anambra elections.
Okowa said that the state had always been populated by the PDP, even though the party along the line had issues.
He said: “We want to reassure the party that we are going to put in all, to ensure that we reconcile everyone,
“We will go into that election as one body and definitely we are going to win that election by the special grace of God.
“We know our people in Anambra are party people. We know also that there have been issues in the past, those issues that divide us.
“We are going to work day and night to ensure that we all step out from our comfort zones and step into the field to talk to the people, and to win back all who have left the party, as much as possible,” Okowa said.
“ I am glad that INEC itself has come out with a new device for the purpose of the Anambra election and it will be tested first in Delta state on Saturday.
“I am told from the information we already have ahead of the election in Delta on Saturday that it would not be possible for anybody to rig elections because there will be no use of incident forms.
“It is either your biometrics or your facial is capture or else you will not be allowed to vote.
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“So we are definitely going to communicate with the people at the grassroots, and we know that we as a party own the grassroots in Anambra state,” he added.