LEADER of the All Progressives Congress, APC, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu; National Chairman of the party, Alhaji Bisi Akande; as well as Governors Rochas Okorocha of Imo, Adams Oshiomhole of Edo and Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti, yesterday, in Onitsha, Anambra State separately spoke on the need for the people of the state to vote for Senator Chris Ngige during the November 16, 2014 election.
The flag off of the APC governorship candidate at the centenary stadium, Holy Trinity Cathedral, Onitsha attracted a large number of APC supporters from all the 326 wards in the state, who ceaselessly waved their brooms and danced round the magnificent arena.
Tinubu told the people that APC has brought to Anambra a revolution that is going on in the country, reminding them that the revolution cannot be achieved without their full participation.
According to him, APC treats headache and even rheumatism to get everybody well and on their feet to contribute to the development of the nation, adding that a nation where universities have remained shut for several months was an indication that the government had failed the people and should therefore be changed.
He said that the Anambra election is a test case for Nigerians to begin the expected revolution and urged them to vote for Ngige, who he described as an agent of change.
Governor Oshiomole described Ngige as a good product that does not need to be spent money on to be advertised. He said: “Ngige is a man who is tested and trusted and with the challenges facing Anambra State, there is no need to bring in a trainee to start learning on the job.
“Ngige is trained to save people’s lives and not to make money to line his pockets and that was what he did before and he will do it again.”
Oshiomole recalled how, as president of the Nigeria Labour Congress, NLC, he led several protests to Anambra State when PDP was in power in the state because the then governor failed to pay workers, adding that all that changed when Ngige assumed office and paid every worker regularly.
Governor Fayemi said the victory of Ngige is important for APC, adding that all the 11 governors of APC are determined to ensure that Ngige emerge victorious in next month’s election.
In his speech, Governor Okorocha said the main reason they were supporting Ngige is because he fought and ended godfatherism in Anambra State and warned the people not to allow godfathers have their way again.
He also stated that Nigerians were yearning for change from the politics of Baba has said or Abuja has said, adding that Ngige will be a man of his own as his only interest will be to work for the welfare of the people.
Commending the people for turning out in large numbers, Ngige urged them to follow who they know, assuring them that he would reenact the Ngige quality in roads, security and other areas, if they vote for him.
…Former aspirants back Obiano
Apart from Professor Chukwuma Soludo who was said to be outside the country, all the former aspirants that participated in the APGA primaries that produced Obiano attended the campaign flag off with their supporters.
Those who were present include Mrs. Uche Ekwunife, Prince Chinedu Emeka, Chief Paul Odenigbo, Mr. Oseloka Obaze, Prince Tony Nnacheta, Chief Patrick Obianwu and Mr. Emeka Nwogbo.
Their supporters wore the uniform of the principals and danced round the arena in solidarity with Obiano.
Also present at the rally were the Chief Emeka Ojukwu jr, the son of the late Ikemba Nnewi, Dim Odumegwu Okukwu; Chief Sylva Nwobu -Alor who led the opposition against Umeh during the feud between the national chairman and Governor Obi; members of the House of Representatives and State House of Assembly.
Ojukwu jr who spoke at the ceremony said his late father, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu -Ojukwu would be very proud of what is happening in APGA.
“My late father handed over the leadership of APGA to Governor Obi and we have seen what he did in eight years and we are here to see him hand the baton to Obiano,” he said.