PDP inaugurates Atiku/Okowa campaign council in Umuahia, vows to sweep Abia
By Steve Oko
The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Tuesday, inaugurated Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, PCC, in Umuahia, Abia State, with a vow to deliver the state to the former Vice President in the 2023 presidential poll.
Wawa News Global reports that Michael Okpara Auditorium Umuahia, venue of the inauguration was filled with members of the PCC as well as who is who in Abia PDP.
The stakeholders promised to work assiduously and secure Abia votes for the PDP to prove that Abia has remained a strong hold of the Big umbrella.
Deputy Governor, Sir Ude Okochukwu is the Chairman of the PCC, while former Commissioner for Local Government and Chieftaincy Affairs, Chief Charles Ogbonnaya is the Director General of the PCC.
Others include: Rep Nkem Abonta, Vice Chairman; Chief Kingsley Megwara, Spokesman; and Hon. Emeka Stanley.
PDP Secretary, David Iroh, is also a member of the PCC, including PDP Vice Chairman, Abia North, Amah Abraham; and Mrs Ugochi Alex-Lekwauwa, among others.
Inaugurating the campaign council, the South East Coordinator for Atiku/Okowa Presidential Campaign Council, Senator Orji, charged the members to be dedicated and commited to their mandate “which is to deliver Atiku” in the state.
He harped on the need for unity among PDP members to ensure the success of the party at the forthcoming polls.
His words: If you are not favoured today be patient you will be favoured tomorrow. Now that we have a presidential candidate and our brother is the running mate, we should support them so that we go to the election united and to win not to lose.”
The former Governor cautioned members of the council against betrayal and hanky-panky deals, saying that the victory of the party will be in the interest of all.
Senator Orji further said that success at the 2023 polls would be dependent on hardwork, maintaining that it will be difficult for anybody to rig the elections.
He, therefore, charged them to put in their best to ensure the success of Atiku in the state.
In his remarks, Senator Wabara also harped on unity among the party faithful, while urging members of the PCC to work assiduously and prove that Abia is a PDP stronghold.
The PDP Acting BoT Chairman drummed support for Atiku/Okowa candidacy, pleading with Ndigbo to pitch their tent with the former Vice President.
Wabara who said that Atiku had made a solemn promise to facilitate the emergence of Nigeria President of Igbo extraction after his tenure, appealed to the people to trust him.
” Let’s go where the President will emerge from.
” Atiku has promised to hand over power to a successor from Igbo and I believe he will do it. Let’s be patient and support him.
” Nigeria is not a one-party state. Certain things are discussed just like in 1999 Ogbonnaya Onu was clinching the ANPP presidential ticket but the elders discussed and asked him to step down for Olu Falae.”
The former Senate President said Atiku had a very bright chance of winning the 2023 presidential poll, hence the need for Ndigbo to support him.
Apparently referring to those who are not yet supporting the Atiku candidacy, Wabara said nobody should play god.
” No man is god. That’s why the biblical lost sheep parable should not apply here. Instead of risking the 99 sheep in our fold because of the one lost sheep, we should allow the lost sheep.”
Senator Wabara further harped on unity of purpose among Ndigbo so as to actualise the emergence of Nigeria President of Igbo extraction after Atiku’s tenure.
He noted with concern that out of 95 delegates from the South East at the PDP presidential convention only about 14 voted for a presidential aspirant from the zone.
Speaking at the event, former NDDC boss, Chief Ugochukwu, noted that the presidential campaign was not going to be easy but tough in the South East.
He urged the members to work hard and prove that Abia is a strong base of PDP.
Chief Ugochukwu said that “Atiku is a strong believer in restructuring” which, according to him, will provide solution to the equity and justice that Ndigbo have been clamouring for.
He said that Atiku had always shown his love for Ndigbo as he has consistently picked his running mate from the Igbo race.
In a remark, former SSG, Dr Eme Okoro, declared support for Atiku and urged the people of Abia to give him massive support.
In his speech, the DG of the Atiku/Okowa PCC, Chief Ogbonnaya, promised to deliver their mandate.
The former Deputy Chief of Staff to the Governor who claimed that he had seen the handwriting on the wall that Atiku would emerge the winner of the 2023 presidential poll, assured him of landslide victory in Abia.
In his remarks, former Deputy Governor and a BoT member of the PDP, Sir Eric Acho Nwakanma, harped on the need for love and peace in the party.
He called on all members to exhibit party patriotism and work in love despite ones perceived grievances.
Former Chairman of PDP, Senator Emma Nwaka urged members of the PCC to work together for the success of PDP candidates at the forthcoming polls.
Senator Nwaka who said he had never left PDP since he joined the party in 1988, noted that it is not a palatable experience to be in the opposition, hence, the need for all PDP members to work hard to return the party as the ruling party at the centre in 2023.
Meanwhile Gov. Okezie Ikpeazu was absent at the inauguration and no reason was given for his absence.
Wawa News Global reports that Ikpeazu who is a member of the Gov. Nyesom Wike-led G-5 Governors was attending a meeting of the G-5 in London.
Some key party bigwigs at the Inauguration were former Niger Delta Development Commission, NDDC, Chairman and BoT member of PDP, Chief Onyema Ugochukwu; former Secretary to State Government, Dr Eme Okoro; presidential aspirant and former Speaker, Rt. Hon Chikwendu Kanu; PDP Chairman, Asiforo Okere; former Chairman of the party, Senator Emma Nwaka, among others.
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