Soludo, Bianca Ojukwu, Akunyili absent as Obiano launches rally
•Obi, Umeh describe APGA’s candidate as best
All Progressives Grand Alliance’s (APGA’s) governorship candidate in the November 16 election in Anambra State, Chief Willie Obiano, yesterday launched his campaign.
The event was held at the Dr. Alex Ekwueme Square in Awka, where Governor Peter Obi and the National Chairman of the party, Chief Victor Umeh, described the APGA’s standard- bearer as the best.
Absent at the rally was one of the aspirants to the APGA’s ticket and former Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN) governor, Prof. Chukwuma Soludo.
Also absent were former minister of Information, Prof Dora Akuniyili and wife of the late Ikemba Nnewi Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, Mrs. Bianca Ojukwu.
One of the aspirants to the APGA’s ticket and a member representing Anaocha, Njikoka and Dunukofia Federal Constituency, Uche Ekwunife, hailed the leadership style of Obi and urged the APGA candidate to emulate him.
She said with the crowd at the event, it would be difficult for APGA to lose the governorship seat.
The highlight of the rally was the redemption of the N10 million campaign promise made in Aguleri at the weekend to APGA by the party’s chieftain, Dr. Boniface Emengini.
Emengini also donated a new Toyota Hiace and Toyota V-8 Sport Utility Vehicle (SUV) to the APGA candidate’s campaign organisation.
He said he pledged the money during the fund raising dinner at Aguleri in Anambra East Local Government at the weekend.
Obiano thanked Emengini and assured him that he would never forget those who assisted APGA during the campaign.
“This is the time for us to forget our differences and come to the reality of time. APGA is the only party that represents the interest of Ndigbo,” Obiano said.
A minute’s silence was observed by the party faithful for the late APGA leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwun Ojukwu, whose son Emeka (Jnr) attended the rally with former Minister of Health Dr. Tim Menakaya.
The National Chairman of APGA, Chief Victor Umeh, who listed the achievements of Governor Obi, said the party had delivered in Anambra State. He described the state as the headquarters of Ndigbo.
Former state chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Chief Ifeatu Obi Okoye, defected to APGA with over 20 members of his former party. Another defector, Peter Nwosu, led Labour Party supporters to APGA.
Chief Anayo Obiakor left the Democratic Peoples Party (DPP) with his members to APGA.