By Anayo Ezugwu
AMBASSADOR Ike Oligbo, a British trained lawyer, businessman, and a governorship aspirant under the Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, for the 2021 governorship election in Anambra State, has said that he wants to serve the people of the state as their governor if elected. He says his intention to contest is to rescue the state.
In an exclusive interview with Realnews, Oligbo said he would bring Anambra on the path of renaissance. “I declared to serve Anambra people under the platform of my party, PDP, as the next governor of the state after Governor Willie Obiano of APGA. Before the declaration, I have been monitoring governance in my dear State and discovered that governance under Chief Willie Obiano led APGA government has derailed from the leadership standard established by his predecessor, Peter Obi and I decided to come and rescue the situation, to bring Anambra on the path of renaissance,” he said.
According to Oligbo, in order to clinch his party’s ticket, he is reaching out to all the stakeholders of the great party from the grassroots to the national and Diaspora as well, adding that Anambra people, in general, are not left out. He noted that consultation is extensively being carried out at both party and citizenship levels. “Our consultation is horizontally and vertically oriented,” he said.
The aspirant said he was not bothered about the dominance of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA, in the state. He stated that in the last 10 years, APGA-led administration in the state had distorted the legacy of Late Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu (Ikemba of Nnewi, Eze Igbo Gburugburu). “The estrangement of Chief Mrs Bianca Ojukwu, the wife of late Ikemba Nnewi, can testify to this. Anambra people are already fed up with APGA and they want a new lease of life. PDP and myself as the flag bearer will ensure that anticipated new lease of life is a reality,” he said.
Oligbo noted that the PDP is formidable and ready to takeover in Anambra State. “Let me clarify that PDP under the leadership of Hon. Sir Ndubisi Nwobi has no faction. It’s a united family. Nevertheless, different stalwarts of the party support their different choices of aspirants and that support for different aspirants ends after the primary election during which a flag bearer must have emerged. It’s expected that after the primary election, everybody will support the party and her candidate to ensure electoral success. So there is no cause for alarm.
“People are aware of this and they are actually rooting for new entrants with integrity and acumen in governance and Ndi Anambra both the delegates and the general voters know that I’m the real deal, the real man to bring about the expected good governance that will deliver democratic dividends to the citizenry. I may be a “novice in political office contest”, but not in political activism so my “novitiate” is not a handicap at all.”
– Jun. 29, 2020 @ 12:25 GMT |