Guber aspirant tasks stakeholders on Anambra takeover
By Praise Necherem
A gubernatorial aspirant on the platform of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra state, Chief Ugochukwu Okeke, has challenged party stakeholders to seize the opportunity of the November 6, 2021 governorship election to prove their claim of owning the state. He said the party’s claims that the state was their birthright would only amount to rhetoric if, in reality, the party had, over the years, been denied that right.
Addressing reporters in Awka, Okeke lamented the abysmal performance of the party in the last governorship election which saw it coming a distant third.
He blamed the ugly development on money bag politics and godfatherism that had characterised elections in the state, insisting that the party would only wrest power from the ruling All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) when members determined to change the narrative.
He said, “It would amount to mere rhetoric claims that Anambra is a PDP state when in reality it is not. Our last election in state, PDP came a distant third. We didn’t even come second. It’s unheard of in a state that claims to be PDP state. If we must prove that claim, we must think outside the box and strive for excellence by doing things the right way this time.”
On his having been with the party in the past 10 years, he said that “Politics is not only about money. It’s about integrity and interest, it’s about focus and accomplishment, doing things that will affect lives positively. The need to bring change is a collective one and the only way to make it happen is by remaining where you are.
“Jumping ships has and will never solve any problem. Instead, the problem persists as you move around. The best is to confront it head-on because you’ve seen the problems.”
Earlier, PDP chairman, Aniocha local government area, Jude Ezeani, expressed confidence in the party to provide a credible process that would guarantee free and fair primary election. He described the aspirant as a party man and grassroots politician who had not taken advantage of his position to divide the party executives.