BY OKONKWO EZE
ONITSHA – President Goodluck Jonathan Wednesday presided over what was termed as mother-of-all rally organized by the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Onitsha, Anambra State with a promise that nobody can rig the November 16 Anambra Governorship election.
He warned that any party or candidate, no matter how popular or highly placed found to have indulged in any form of rigging or electoral manipulation/malpractice would be dealt with accordingly.
Jonathan who spoke Wednesday at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha during the rally, declared: “Nobody will allow election rigging in Anambra State as the Federal Government, Security agencies and INEC have been positioned to carry out their duties without fear of favour”.
Jonathan who affirmed his support for PDP candidate in the election, Comrade Tony Nwoye, stated that the election would now afford Anambra State the opportunity to regain her rightful position in the political main stream after the November 16 governorship election.
He also affirmed that as a youngman, the PDP candidate Comrade Tony Nwoye had shown some leadership attributes as a leader and called on the electorate to shun party affiliations and vote for a PDP candidate.
The President eulogized the enterprising attributes of Anambra people, even as he disclosed that although the state was one of the smallest in the counrty’s land mass, it was blessed with rich and enterprising people.
He observed that this Saturday’s governorship election in the state would be historic as it shares the same date when the late Dr. Nnamdi Azikiwe was born and urged the electorate to shun election irregularity.
Earlier in his speech, the national chairman of PDP, Alhaji Bamangar Tukur rhetorically asked why Anambra People should take the back seat in the country’s political scheme and urged the electorate to vote in Nwoye as he was poised to transform the state.
Also speaking, the governor of Akwa-Ibom state, Chief Godswill Akpabio remarked that Anambra State should rise and take her destiny in her hands by voting in a youthful candidate in the name of Tony Nwoye.
He said that he was able to transform his state, Akwa-Ibom because of the enormous support given to his administration by the youths and called on the state electorate to be ready to vote PDP into power to become the 24th member of PDP-controlled state.
The state chairman of PDP, Chief Ken Emeakayi thanked PDP supported for all their support to the President and assured that PDP would take over the state come march 17, 2014.
Prince Arthur Eze, a PDP financier and Hon. Anayo Nnebe, former Speaker of Anambra State House of Assembly, said Jonathan would not be foolish enough to abandon his biological child-PDP and go for his adopted child, another party.