By Dirisu Yakubu
ABUJA – Chairman, National Caretaker Committee of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Senator Ahmed Makarfi, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State and Professor Alphonsus Nwosu are some of the dignitaries expected at the campaign flag off of the party’s governorship candidate, Oseloka Obaze in the Anambra State governorship election slated for November 18, 2017 at Onitsha today.
The event which is expected to parade legion of party stalwarts will mark the official presentation of the PDP governorship flag bearer and his running mate to the people of the State.
In a statement issued yesterday by the National Publicity Secretary, Prince Dayo Adeyeye, and posted on the PDP Facebook wall, the party said the occasion would enable the aspirant unveil his manifesto to the people of the State ahead of the November election.
“The Leadership of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), under Senator Ahmed Makarfi, CON, with other party leaders and stakeholders drawn from other zones will tomorrow (today) being Monday, October 16, 2017, converge at the Dennis Memorial Grammar School, Onitsha, Anambra State for the presentation of flag to our candidate, Mr. Oseloka Henry Obaze.
“On this auspicious occasion of presentation of flag/campaign flag-off, the Chairman of the National Committee for the Anambra State Gubernatorial Campaign Committee, His Excellency, Governor Ifeanyi Ugwuanyi of Enugu State, Chairman of Anambra State Caretaker Commitee Professor A.B.C. Nwosu, and other party leaders and supporters will be joining the National Caretaker Committee (NCC) to formerly present the PDP’s candidate/deputy to the people of Anambra State.
“It is indeed going to be a great opportunity for Mr. Obaze to roll out his action plan towards uplifting Anambrarians from mis-governance. We are optimistic that Anambra State will be better under our great party’s governance given Mr. Obaze’s credentials and track records which are indelible testimonies of his wealth of knowledge in public and democratic governance,” the statement read in part.
While expressing satisfaction with the choice of Obaze as the governorship candidate, the party called on its members and supporters to work tirelessly to ensure victory at the poll.
“We re-iterate the fact that as a party, our members in Anambra State made the right choice of voting Mr. Obaze as our flag-bearer for the November 18, 2017 Governorship Election.
“We once again call on our leaders, stakeholders and numerous supporters in Anambra State in particular and Nigeria in general, to synergize efforts to ensure victory of our candidate at the poll,” the statement continued.
Aware of the utterances of some contestants who lost the primary elections to Obaze a few weeks ago, the party called for a united front, stressing that a PDP victory would translate to common good for all.
“We urge all the aspirants that contested the guber primary election to overcome the troubles they might have gone through and unite with PDP’s Mr. Oseloka to achieve success for our common good. It is time our party took over government in Anambra State to run peoples policies and programmes of the PDP to restore hope to the people.
“We call on the Electorates in Anambra State to protect their voter cards and come out enmass on Saturday, November 18, 2017, to vote out the Ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) and vote in our candidate, Hon. Oseloka Henry Obaze,” it stated, adding that it has become “Clear that Governor Willie Obiano and his party have nothing more to offer to the people, hence the level of infrastructural decay and visible decadents in the State