By Vincent Ujumadu, Awka
THE commercial city of Onitsha stood still yesterday as the vice president, Professor Yemi Osinbajo led the national chairman of All Progressives Congress, APC, Chief Odigie Oyegun, national officers and governors of the party, to flag off the campaign of its candidate for the November 18 election in Anambra State, Dr. Tony Nwoye.
The All Saints Cathedral field, venue of the event, was jam-packed and traffic in the city was brought to a stand still for several hours as motorist found it difficult to drive around.
Presenting Nwoye to the mammoth crowd, Osinbajo, who represented President Muhammadu Buhari, said the APC led government was not making promises for nothing, explaining that work on the 2nd Niger Bridge had already begun as it was contained in this year’s budget.
According to him, “the president is a man who loves Anambra State because the first time he ran for president, he chose Dr. Chuba Okadigbo as his running mate and the second time he ran, he also chose Chief Edwin Umezeoke as his running mate.”
“This is also the state where President Buhari started his school feeding programme. If you vote Tony Nwoye in as the governor, you will be making the right choice and if you make the right choice, you will get the right result.”
In his speech, the national chairman of APC, Chief Odigie Oyegun reminded the people that APC removed a sitting Federal Government and asked the people if they were ready to do the right thing.
He said: “This is an election that will decide whether you are serious in your quest to become relevant politically. If you vote for Nwoye, Igbo people will be taking their prominent position in Nigeria.
“I am from the minority and I know that this country stands on a tripod, but one leg of that tripond is missing at the national level. The surest route for Igbo to be in national leadership is through APC.
“We want to give our president a special present and the best present we can give him is Nwoye as the governor of Anambra State in November this year.”
Imo State governor, Owelle Rochas Okorocha appealed to Anambra electorate to vote for Nwoye because he (Okorocha) needed a brother from the South East to the center.
“Before now, when I looked around, I saw El Rufai and other governors who are not my brothers from this part of the country. If Anambra State must move forward, you must give youths the chance and Tony Nwoye is a young man,” Okorocha said.
Kaduna State governor, Malam Nasir ElRufai said Nigerians were being deceived by labeling APC as a Muslim party and urged the people not to allow people use religion to confuse them.