Anambra 2021: PRP vows to wrestle power from APGA
By Chukwudum Ebele
The aspiration of Chief Nnamdi Nwawuo, aka Igwe Ayaya, to become the next governor of Anambra state in 2021 got a huge boost at the weekend as the Peoples Redemption Party, PRP, issued him with a membership card as a frontline candidate of the party in the race.
Nwawuo’s aspiration was equally boosted with his endorsement by various groups and individuals, including rural women, youths, businessmen, Onitsha market traders and social clubs.
Anambra state chairman of PRP, Hon. Matthias Aninwachukwu, (Igurube) who issued the card to Nwawuo at Central School Field, Nando, in Anambra East local government area of the state, on behalf of the party’s national chairman, Malam Fala Bello, said he was optimistic that Nwawuo would take over from Governor Willie Obiano as the next governor of the state.
Flanked by the state secretary of the party, Hon. John Okolie, and other party officials in the state, Aninwachukwu described Nwawuo as a decent party faithful, who if given the mandate to become the next governor of the state, would surpass Obiano’s developmental achievements; adding that PRP does not believe in unconstitutional zoning formula.
He, therefore, urged the large supporters to take the message of Igwe Ayaya and PRP to all the nooks and crannies of Anambra state, assuring that the party, which is the oldest political party in Nigeria, is ready to give Ndi Anambra the kind of leadership they have been yearning.
The card issuing ceremony, which formed part of the annual New Yam festival organised by Nwawuo, was witnessed by some prominent groups and individuals, including Chief Paul Ofoegbu, deputy state chairman of Igwe Ayaya Movement; Hon. Anhony Ufoaro, state chairman, Door-to-Door Movement; Engr. Ikenna Kingsley Nwobosi, member of Igwe Ayaya Movement, and members of Big Star Club of Nigeria, including Chief Yakubu Adoma and Ejike Udeh.
Declaring their support for Igwe Ayaya’s governorship ambition, a group of women, under the umbrella of A-21 along side other groups such as Igwe Ayaya Movement, Ifunanya Women Group and Big Star Club of Nigeria, identified Nwawuo as the best option for Ndi Anambra, after Obiano.
Earlier in an address presented on his behalf by the director of projects, Igwe Ayaya Movement, Prof. Justice Chidi, Nwawuo explained that he was in the 2021 race under the PRP platform because, according to him, Anambra needs a governor that is connected with the rural dwellers like himself.
He argued that as a rural dweller, he did not only have a better understanding of the challenges facing Anambra state, but also in a better position to address such challenges; adding that time was rife for Ndi Anambra to elect a home-base politician, who would not spend his working hours on foreign trips; even as he posited that when elected, he would live in Awka all through his tenure.
“I will be at home working for the youths to get jobs, to get the roads fixed, conduct local government elections, see that education and health sectors are working, build a blossoming agricultural sector and ensure rapid development of sports, among others things”, he stated.
Speaking on behalf of the women, the leader of A-21, Mrs Ngozika Aganiru, noted that A-21, which is made up of women from the rural communities drawn from the 21 local government areas of Anambra state, was supporting Igwe Ayaya to become governor because, he understands the feelings of the rural dwellers.
“He is one of us, and we are supporting him because, it is the turn of rural dwellers to become governor. The rural dwellers are being marginalised. We don’t have good roads, no water supply, no jobs for our children, and we don’t have power,” she added.