Dr. Ifeanyi Okowa, vice presidential candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) and governor of Delta State, has said his party will win in Anambra State in the 2023 election.
According to Okowa, the PDP will take Anambra, despite the dominance of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state and the Labour Party, whose candidate, Mr. Peter Obi is also from the state.
The PDP running mate to Atiku Abubakar, stated this in Onitsha, Anambra State, on Sunday, during the 20th Ofala Festival of the traditional ruler of the ancient kingdom, Obi Alfred Achebe.
Okowa was represented by the leader of the presidential campaign council in Anambra State, Obiora Okonkwo, who is also the chairman of United Nigeria Airline.
He said, “PDP is fully prepared for the campaign. Anambra has always been the home of PDP, and you may wish to check it. In the past, we have won landslide in all the presidential elections, and almost all the time, we have won majority of the national assembly elections, and I do not think this will be different.
“The campaign committee is coming up in Anambra and we will campaign in every corner of Anambra State, starting from every voter to every polling booth, every ward and every local government.
“I have no doubt that at the end of the day, Anambra people will know that we need to be reconnected to Abuja and the only wire that will give us that connection to the political grid is PDP.”
Okonkwo described APGA as a friend of the PDP, adding that APGA has always worked with the PDP during presidential elections.
“APGA had controlled the state in past times when PDP had won 95 per cent of the votes in the state, both in the presidential and national assembly elections in Anambra State. I think it is going to be the same.
“Anambra people have always voted for the PDP at all times, and I wonder why you feel this time will be different. We are confident that we will win Anambra at the end of the day,” he added.
Supporting Atiku’s pro-Northern comments telling the North not to vote for any other tribe, Okonkwo said, “Atiku is a pan-Nigerian, who has built bridges and a proud northerner. There is no presidential candidate anywhere in the world who will address his people and ask them to vote for another person or tribe. If that is the way to play politics, good luck to a presidential candidate who tells his people not to vote for him.
“We are following Atiku because we know he has all it takes to reunite this country. PDP is not just a party but an institution that has come to last since 1999. The party has survived the All Progressives Congress misrule of eight years and we are still moving stronger.
The victory of Atiku is inevitable, the Anambra people should join because it is for their good.”
Okonkwo disclosed that the campaign committee of PDP will campaign in every ward and local government of Anambra State to curry votes.
He eulogised the traditional ruler of Onitsha Kingdom, Obi Alfred Achebe for holding a colourful Ofala Cultural Festival, while also enjoining other monarchs and communities to join in showcasing African culture.