Ndi Anambra have been reminded that the zeal and passion to see Anambra succeed do not lie on the shoulders of one man alone, but collective responsibility of every all Anambrarians regardless of where they are based.
Valentine Ozigbo, the front runner in the upcoming Anambra governorship election, stated this in an opening remarks during his town hall meeting with Ndi Anambra residing in Abuja.
The well-attended event held on Monday, March 22, 2021 at the Congress Hall of Transcorp Hilton recorded resounding success as it was graced by prominent indigenes of Anambra living in Abuja.
Mr Ozigbo thanked the audience for making out time to attend the event, adding that he viewed their presence as a confirmation of the solidarity building around his candidacy and the movement to revolutionize governance in Anambra State.
Ozigbo declared, “Today, Ndi Anambra in Abuja have unanimously shown that they share the same enthusiasm for a greater and brighter Anambra that I have,” he added.
“My plan for Anambra state is simple and straightforward; to return her to that enviable position she once occupied,” the respected business leader said.
“When Dr Nnamdi Azikiwe and Michael Okpara led the South East region, we were so prosperous that our economy was studied in Harvard as the fastest developing region in the world.
“It is possible to bring back those glory days. It is a leader with a clear vision, the determination to make a positive difference, and a love for the people, and I have all three in abundance.
“What Anambra needs is a government led by a leader with the right combination of competence, character, and compassion. I have the perfect combination of these three components,” he said.
“We will run the most progressive government ever seen in Africa,” he told the excited audience.
“With the enormous resources, especially the unlimited human potential that we have in Anambra, what we required is a leader that will fire up the imagination of our youth and magic will happen over and over again.
“It is important to note that I am not benchmarking Anambra with other states in Nigeria; I am benchmarking Anambra with the rest of the world.
“I believe we can do better, and we will surpass our projections and make you all proud. That is my promise to you,” he said.
He encouraged everyone present to read the manifesto document, a 36-page glossy print that was distributed to the guests and souvenirs.
Some of the prominent guests who attended the event were billionaire business magnate Chief Patrick Chidolue, the Chelsea Group Chairman; Ven. Obioha Onwuzurumba, a former Chaplain of the Presidential Villa Chapel, Aso Rock; Chief Nnamdi Ekweogwu, a former federal Commissioner, Revenue Mobilization and Fiscal Commission; Retired Air Vice Marshall Canice Uwenwaliri, Chief S Eyisi, the Chairman and CEO of Sims Nigeria Limited; Retired Air Vice Marshall Osita C. Obierika; Chief Emmanuel Obi, a retired NYSC Director; Mr Dan Okeke, a former Executive Director of UBA Plc; and Ezennia (Engr.) Ike Iwenofu, the president of Anambra State Development Association in Abuja.
It was a fantastic outing both for Mr Ozigbo and Ndi Anambra in attendance, as he took time to answer questions directed at him by the attendees.
Chief Chudi Akude led the planning committee for the event. Other planning committee members include Mr Chinedu Azi Francis, Mrs Amaka Ezeugo, Mr Austin Ifedinezi, Mr Adetayo Olugbemi, and Ms Ugochinyere Nwachukwu, Mr Cyril Mokwe, Barrister Chuks Obikwelu, and Ms Ugochi Nwankwo.
Ozigbo was accompanied by his wife, Ojiugo, and several directors of his campaign team, including Chief Tony Offiah, a prominent stakeholder in Anambra PDP; Honourable Tim Egboka, a former member of the Anambra State House of Assembly; Hon. Barr. Valentine Ayika, a former member of both the Anambra State House of Assembly and the Federal House of Representatives; Rt. Hon. Eucharia Azodo, a former Speaker of the Anambra State House of Assembly and a two-time member of the Federal House of Representatives.
Others are Chief Ejike Oguebego, a former Chairman of the PDP in Anambra State; Honourable Ejike Nwene; Lady Juliet Anaeme; Innocent Ugwo, the leader of the VCO Youth Movement; Mrs Oby Mezi, the woman leader of the VCO Youth Movement, and Mazi Godson Azu, who represented Nigerians in the Diaspora.
His presentation’s highlight was the unveiling of Ozigbo’s Ka Anambra Chawapu manifesto, which presents his comprehensive plan to bring all-round accelerated development to the southeastern state, which was greeted with joy, acceptance, and celebration.