By EMEKA MAMAH
A large crowd of party supporters, yesterday, cheered ceaselessly as Chief Willie Obiano, the candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, received the party flag and the blessings of the elders at a rally to mark the official flag-off of campaign for the November 16, gubernatorial elections in Anambra State.
The event which took place at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, attracted all the contestants who lost the primaries to Chief Obiano.
Receiving the instruments, Chief Obiano declared his readiness to take on the challenge of lifting Anambra State to the next level of development.
His words, “As I stand here today, I am reminded of the words of one of Britain’s greatest statesmen; Sir Winston Churchill who once declared – “History will be kind to me, for I intend to write it.” My fellow party faithful, friends and brothers, in accepting the flag of our party today, I have chosen to write our history. And I will be kind to myself! I am bound to serve.’’
Obiano who paid glowing tributes to the late founder of the party, Dim Odumegwu Ojukwu for his phenomenal role in bringing Ndigbo together under one party further assured the people of the state that “we have finally come to that rare moment in time when the forces that slowed down our march to greatness have finally been broken and when our people’s great entrepreneurial spirit must find expression.
“Today, APGA stands on the crossroads of history as the only political platform that represents the aspirations of Ndigbo at home and in the Diaspora.
Anambra State is the only states out of the five states in the South East where APGA is in power. This glaring imbalance reflects our people’s inability to grasp the political realities of our time. My brothers and sisters, the times demand that we rise to our full height to preserve the heritage of our fathers and the values of cohesion and brotherhood that once made Ndigbo great.”
Quoting Publilius Syrus, first Century Latin writer that ‘Where there is unity there is always victory’; Obiano invited all former aspirants on the party platform to join hands with him to ensure victory at the polls.
He said: “Let us join our hands together and form a formidable rainbow of unity that will sustain the fire of progress that is burning in Anambra State today.
“Now is the time to re-build Igbo land. No longer shall our people be deported in the dead of the night for seeking temporary shelter in hostile territories. No longer shall Ndigbo be maimed and killed for seeking comfort in unfriendly cities across Nigeria! Let us join hands together and rebuild Igboland; a land where no one can be deported from!”
Earlier, the National Chairman of APGA, Chief Peter Umeh had applauded the performance of the Obi administration in the state and argued that only a credible achiever like Obiano could sustain his legacy.
“Governor Obi has laid a solid foundation. What we need now is someone who has the competence to build a skyscraper on it. Chief Obiano and his running mate, Dr. Nkem Okeke constitute the best team for Anambra.”