By VINCENT UJUMADU & By ENYIM ENYIM
*As Oguebego declares Anambra PDP weekend rally illegal
AWKA—GOVERNOR Peter Obi of Anambra State has debunked the allegation that he has endorsed a particular candidate among the governorship aspirants in All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, for the forthcoming gubernatorial election.
Obi, who spoke through the Commissioner for Information and Culture, Chief Joe-Martins Uzodike, described as mischievous the idea of associating him with endorsing a candidate for governor when he had been preaching against it.
According to him, sponsoring anybody is dangerously close to godfatherism.
He said the only thing Governor Obi had continued to do in his usual spirit of fairness and equity, was to insist that Anambra North should produce the next governor and had urged them to come out with best candidates for the job.
The governor said: “For the governorship election, a number of aspirants from Anambra North have come out, with competitive advantages to rival the best from other zones.
“We have the Secretary to the State Government, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, an international civil servant; we have Dr. Chike Obidigbo, a renowned industrialist; we have Mr. Tony Nnaecheta, who was an ex managing director of a bank; we have Chief Willie Obiano, who was an executive director in a bank, among others. With this array of people from the zone, nobody can say the zone lacks quality people.”
He described as laughable the antics of those who by their conduct did not believe in God, adding that Governor Obi was said to be “playing God” simply because he insisted that Anambra North should be allowed to produce the next governor in the spirit of equity and fair play since it had not produced any since the state was created 22 years ago.
Obi said further: “All over the country, states are going for fairness and equity in the distribution of political posts. Enugu, Edo, Ebonyi, Abia, among others, are all saying that governorship should move to a particular zone for the sake of equity.”
Meanwhile, the long drawn crisis in the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State may not have been over as the state chairman recognised by the Independent National Electoral Commission, INEC, Chief Ejike Oguebego, yesterday, described the PDP rally organised last Friday by a factional chairman, Chief Ken Emeakayi, as illegal and unconstitutional.
This came as Labour Party, LP, started sensitisation campaign ahead of the local government election scheduled for October 5 this year.
Chief Oguebego’s outburst is coming barely 24 hours after the PDP faction led by Emeakayi, held a rally at Ekwueme Square, Awka, where the national deputy chairnan of the party affirmed that he was the state chairman.
Speaking with newsmen, Oguebego said Emeakayi had no locus standi to organize such rally in the name of the party when he was not the chairman of the party in the state.