BY GABRIEL EWEPU
THE United Progressives Party, UPP, has also joined the race to capture Government House, Awka by unveiling its gubernatorial candidate.
The Chief Chekwas Okorie led party presented Professor Benedict Ndubuisi Akanegbu as its governorship candidate, as Prince Ogochukwu Akanegbu voluntarily announced his withdrawal from being the party’s governorship candidate after a National Executive Committee, NEC, meeting at the party’s National Secretariat.
Okorie said that the party decided to present Akanegbu, because the party was poised to salvage Anambra State and give her a rightful place in the country’s socio-economic development.
Okorie said: “Akanegbu will make Anambra State to take her rightful place in Nigeria. I have done it before with my hand and God used it to raise a governorship candidate that broke the barrier in Anambra State in 2003, because then all the state in the South-east were governed by PDP governors, but Anambra was the one that broke the barrier and it was not a money-bag, he did not even have the profile we are presenting today.
“As grassroots mobilisers the Anambra people voted for him, but he paid us back in a manner that only God will take care of him.”
Today, God has given us another opportunity, we have found a gem and we are confident that we will get a partner to build UPP and not a monster to eat all of us.
“We thank God that He led us this far and when we are coming out, we are coming out with the best that Anambra can boast of.
I know as a party that has as its candidate, somebody who has a tremendous baggage of credibility, now we are presenting the ‘political messiah’.
It is my privilege therefore to present to you the Executive Governor of Anambra State, Professor Benedict Akanegbu.”
In his acceptance speech Akanegbu stated, “I am happy to be the flag bearer of our party, and expectedly, the next governor of Anambra State.
“Today, is not a day of celebration or widespread jubilation but a historic day of reflection, where we are determined to chart a new way of our party and begin a great campaign for the Anambra Government House.
“I intend to enter into a social contract with the people of Anambra State and intend to unveil the contract in Awka in a few days time.”