Former President Goodluck Jonathan
yesterday said the only way for the Igbos to end marginalization was for
them to vote out the All Progressives Congress, and the All
Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) beginning with Saturday’s
governorship election in Anambra State.
He urged Anambra people to return the
Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, back to the state by voting for the
party’s candidate, Mr. Oseleka Obaze and stand firm to defend democracy
in the state.
Jonathan who led governors of Rivers,
Delta, Abia, Ebonyi, Ondo, Taraba, Gombe and Deputy governor of Akwa
Ibom states as well as former governor of Ogun state Otumba Gbenga
Daniel to the grand finale of campaign rally of PDP at All Saint field
Onitsha, maintained that PDP was a party to beat in the forthcoming
He noted that Anambra has been a PDP
state from the onset but along the line deviated to APGA, adding that
the people of Anambra state should not make the mistake of voting
another party that would mortgage their future.
“PDP is the real party that can lead
Anambra to the promised land, founding father of PDP is from Anambra
which is Dr. Alex Ekwueme and PDP has more population in the country.
PDP will bring development to Anambra state.
“We will encourage enterprise, Obaze
will encourage enterprise in Anambra. You must not make mistake on
Saturday, vote for Obaze. You need somebody that can have a voice and
represent you well when they go to Abuja, you need first eleven when you
go to Abuja to defend the interest of Anambra state.
“We need somebody that will protect the
interest of Anambra people, somebody to protect the interest of Igbo. We
don’t want any situation Igbo will complain of marginalization, it will
depend on people you send there and then governors and people we send
“We need somebody that will encourage
the enterprise and business who has the connection oversea to attract
foreign partners to the state and that person is Obaze,” he stated.
In his remark, a former Governor of the
state, Peter Obi stated that Obiano was a mistake and bad product which
Anambra state people should correct in the forthcoming election.
“He should tell us what happened to N75
billion left in the state account and N192 million allocation. Obiano
said there is no need of saving money, he sold Anambra state house in
Lagos state, let’s vote him out”, Obi stated.
In their separate remarks, the Governors
of Rivers Nyesom Wike and his Ondo state counterpart, Ayodele Fayose,
urged the people of the state to vote PDP candidate in order to end
hardship and negative change brought to the country by APC led
They said that APC has no other agenda than rigging the election and urged the voters to vote and defend their votes.
“You should protect your vote, don’t
allow them to intimidate you, PDP is the answer and has a better
candidate that should be supported to end impunity and hunger in the
land”, they said.
Responding, the PDP candidate Mr. Obaze
said he was humbled by the overwhelming support of the party and people
of the state and called on them to come out en mass to vote for him on