ByÂ Vincent Ujumadu
AWKAâ€”FOUR days to the governorship election in Anambra State, the incumbent Governor, Mr. Peter Obi yesterday toured the seven markets in the industrial town of Nnewi, soliciting for the traders vote.
Nnewi is the home town of the Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA,Â national leader. Obiâ€™s present Deputy Governor, Dame Virgy Etiaba and some deputy governorship candidates for the February 6 election are also from Nnewi.
Obi, who arrived the town ,Â early in the morning yesterday with his wife, Margaret and top officials of APGA, addressed the traders comprising mainly youths, from one market to the other and later at a grand rally in the town.
In all the markets, Obiâ€™s message was the same,Â that Saturdayâ€™s election should aim at ensuring the preservation of the Igbo man’s identity, adding that the Igbo must do everything to protect the integrity of the Igbo by voting for APGA.
According to him, the major concern and target of the party and its candidate is to create a platform for the Igbo to bargain in Nigeria, just as the Lagos people have the Action Congress, AC, and Kano people, the All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, states that are also going well.
He urged the people to dismiss the stand of some candidates that there is the need to belong to the party at the centre, recalling that it was when the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, was in control of government in Anambra State, that people were owed salaries for years and schools closed for more than one year, while it was also during the reign of PDP that public buildings were burnt down because members of the party were fighting on how to share the money belonging to Anambra people.
Obi said that with what his administration had done in the last four years, there was the need to consolidate, adding that any other person who comes in as Governor would derail all the programmes already put in place by his administration.
He asked the traders to ignore the promises of the other candidates, who claim that they would transfer Dubai and Taiwan to Anambra State, describing such claims as mere deceit.