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Tuesday, October 03, 2017

APGA CAMPAIGN FLAGOFF: "At The End Of My 8 Years The Next Governor Will Not Wait For Abuja' s Allocation To Work And Pay Salaries" - Obiano


The All Progressive Grand Alliance, APGA, campaign flag off for the November 18 gubernatorial election began on a strong footing at the Alex Ekwueme Square, Awka, venue of the campaign yesterday.

 Governor Willie Obiano, the governor of Anambra state and the flag bearer of the party was received by a mammoth crowd unprecedented in the annals of the state. It was an affirmation that Ndi Anambra believe that with APGA, their state is in safe hands.

Mounting the stage with his ever dependable deputy, Dr Nkem Okeke, Obiano said that the gratitude expressed by the people of the state over his performance had made him view his re-election campaign flag-off as an effort in “consolidation of Excellence.”

He stated, “when I assumed office with my Team on March 17, 2014, we took-over a state that had no landmark infrastructure and no clear-cut strategic vision for the future. And perhaps more importantly, we met a state that was heavily traumatized by violent armed robbery, kidnapping, child-trafficking and endless cases of drug-related crimes. This crime-ridden scenario discouraged investments and successfully cut off the state from the grid of modern development. Ladies and gentlemen, my Team and I inherited a state with an average ambition but through strategic re-focusing and a commitment to excellence, we have repositioned Anambra among Nigeria’s leading states today!”

Governor Obiano declared that any objective and comprehensive assessment of his administration in the past three and a half years would confirm that he had delivered on all his promises. “What is left now for my Team and I is to consolidate this excellent narrative and lend deeper roots to our dreams of a better Anambra,” he stated.

Flaunting his Report Card, the governor maintained that he had turned the table on criminal elements in the state, saying “today, Anambra has been widely acknowledged as the safest state in Nigeria. Our state is no more listed as a no-go area on the travel advisory of many embassies. Our achievements in Security have been widely applauded by the US, the UK and Germany through their envoys. And I have been personally commended by two Nigerian Presidents – Presidents Jonathan and Buhari for leading Anambra out of its former security nightmare.”

Giving updates on his economic blueprint, Governor Obiano observed that all the “pillars” and “enablers” recorded tremendous growth during the period under review and assured the people that he had even bigger plans for them in his second term in office.

The governor had cautionary words for his fellow contestants in the November 18, 2017 election, reminding them that the contest was not a life or death affair.

“I say Congratulations to you all and welcome to the fray! But I must quickly remind you all that we are all brothers and this state belongs to all of us. Elections will come and go but Anambra State will be here for all of us. We must resist every temptation to make this election a do-or-die affair and turn our dear State into a war zone. We have a responsibility to preserve the peace that we have worked so hard to bring to Anambra State today. I reach out my hand in fellowship to you and I urge you to help keep Anambra State PEACEFUL!” he declared.

According to him, the November 18 election presents only two choices to Anambra State – “to consolidate the rapid progress we have made so far or to take a tragic step backwards into the dark days of lawlessness and shame!”

Arguing that he had proven himself competent enough to lead the state to greater heights in his second term in office, Governor Obiano pleaded with Ndi Anambra to give him and his team another chance to turn excellence into a habit in the state.

Finally making a pitch to the people, Governor Obiano declared that he represents the spirit of the New Anambra.

“I represent the spirit of equity and fairness that will ensure the peaceful transfer of power from Anambra North to Anambra South. 

I represent that spirit of peace among all religious groups in Anambra State which treats every denomination with fairness. 

I represent the spirit of Ozoemezina which celebrates the supreme sacrifices of Ndigbo for our country’s unity and our collective efforts for peaceful coexistence among all ethnicities. 

I represent the celebrated aspirations of our people to thrive anywhere on God’s green earth without let or hindrance.
I am the bridge between your dreams and their fulfilment! 

Trust me with your votes. Vote for APGA. Vote for me,” he pleaded.


Also speaking, the former CBN Governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo, who was at the campaign ground to reiterate is support for the working willie, gave six reasons why Obiano should be reelected. Among those reasons were that  APGA is the only party with a credible plan for Nigeria and in Anambra, there's no credible opposition.

He said, "literally, everybody who is somebody in Anambra, ranging from high chief Emeka Anyaoku, Igwe Alfred Achebe, high chief Alex EKWUEME, every other person and groups endorsed Obiano".

According to him, "Nobody else is qualified with better plans and executive experience.Only Obiano and APGA can return power to Anambra SOUTH in 4 years time".

DG, Willie Obiano Reelection Campaign Organisation, Chief Victor Umeh in his own submission revealed that APGA has governed Anambra state for 11 years and transformed this state and any one who leaves the party ends up leaping in the dark. 

As a man who knows the political turf very well, he affirmed that  yesterday flagoff was a show of strength. He said "Today is operation show muscle. We've come to know who owns Anambra state. The crowd am seeing today cannot be compared with any crowd I've seen in a political rally in Anambra state".


Others who drum support for Obiano second term bid includes; first female governor in Nigeria, Dame Virgy Etiaba;  Chief Mrs Ebelechukwu Obiano; Ambassador Bianca Ojukwu, former Nigerian Ambassador to Spain; Dr. Alex Otti, renowned banker and former gubernatorial aspirant in Abia State; National Chairman of APGA, Chief Ozonkpu Victor Oye; as well as other political figures from the state.

High point of the campaign was the electrifying performance from various cultural troupes but more importantly from Music Icon, Phyno, who trilled the crowd with his rhythm.














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