Awka - Vice-President Namadi Sambo on Saturday in Awka said the 16 November
gubernatorial election in Anambra would be free and fair to all.
Sambo said this when he formally declared open the campaign of Mr
Tony Nwoye, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the
He declared that the election would be a "one man, one vote, one woman one vote, one youth one vote’’ exercise.
"The Federal Government is committed towards making the 16 Noember election a free and fair exercise,’’ the vice-president said.
Sambo commended PDP’s choice of Nwoye and his running-mate, Dr. Amamchukwu Ezike, for the election.
He said their (Nwoye and Ezike) administration would enjoy the
support of the President Goodluck Jonathan-led federal government when
The party’s National Chairman, Alhaji Bamanga Tukur, later
presented the PDP flag to Nwoye and Ezike as the party’s governorship
and deputy governorship candidates respectively.
In his speech shortly before the presentation, he urged members of
the party in the state to join hands to the PDP wins the election.
Tukur said Anambra people had given the state to the PDP at the
inception of the current democratic era and urged the people of the
state to return the state to the party.
"Nwoye is an energetic youth who had earlier given the party good leadership when he was the party’s chairman in the state.
"With the massive support he enjoys from the grassroots, especially
from youths, he will certainly win the governorship election for the
party,’’ he said.
The PDP chairman called on youths across the country to "relocate to
Anambra to deliver one of their own’’, assuring that they would be
provided with adequate security.
He however said the task of winning the governorship election by the party would not be an easy one.
The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that there was a massive
turnout of PDP members from across the state at the campaign flag-off.
The event was also attended by many of the party’s national
stalwarts, including Deputy Senate President Ike Ekweremadu and the
Deputy Speaker of the House of Representatives, Hon. Emeka Ihedioha.
Others are Gov. Ibrahim Dankwambo of Gombe state, a former PDP
national chairman, Dr Amadu Ali, a former Deputy Senate President, Sen.
Ibrahim Mantu, and Chief Emmanuel Iwuanyanwu.
The rest include the Special Adviser to the President on Politics,
Sen. Ben Obi, as well as Prince Arthur Eze and the PDP National Women
Leader, Mrs Kema Chikwe.