By Vincent Ujumadu
Awka – A Governorship aspirant for the 2010 election in Anambra State, Chief Kodilichukwu Okelekwe has said that his major reason for wanting to be the Governor of the state, is to touch the lives of the people, having tested poverty when he was growing up.
Addressing newsmen at his Nibo, Awka South Local Government Area country home, Okelekwe, who is aspiring to governÂ Anambra state on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) said though he has conquered poverty, he had since realized that whatever one has on earth was immaterial, if it is not shared with people.
â€œMany people have asked me why I am running for the governorship. I am running not because I have so much money, but because of the vision I have for Anambra state.
My background is such that I saw and lived with poverty.Â For instance, when I gained admission to study at the University of Jos, I travelled at the back of 911 Lorry because I could not afford N30 transport fare to Jos. I even did menial jobs to see myself through education.
â€œBut thank God, I have put all that behind me. For me therefore, I must help anybody in need because I know what it means to be in want. I believe that being a Governor will give me the bigger opportunity to touch the lives of Anambra people.
The only thing I ask of our people is that they should take a risk on me. While I believe that only God can make me Governor, I also know that God can use people to make it possible. I want to make a difference in my generation and I know that God has prepared me for this office,â€ he said.