By Ogbuehi Dike
The United Progressive Party (UPP) commends ndi-Anambra for their wise decision in embracing our candidate, Chief Osita Chidoka as the new face of governance for Anambra State.
We appreciate the fact that ndi-Anambra recognize Chief Chidoka’s incomparable vision and templates to reposition the state, revamp ailing sectors and revive our God-given wealth-creating potentials for which we are known as a people.
Among all other contenders in the race, Chief Chidoka ranks highest in public acceptance, character and experience in public service, while his agenda on critical sectors including education, health, economy, job creation, security, urban renewal among others remains operably unparalleled.
Our candidate is not only known for his knack for solving difficult problems and his excellent performance at the highest levels of public service, but also for his presence of mind to deliver on mandates. His avowed determination to return the state to the people by granting all citizens equal access to available opportunities and resources stands him as against the current oligarchic system stands him out in this race.
Fortunately, Chief Chidoka is in the pan-Igbo United Progressive Party (UPP); an egalitarian party that promotes the Igbo quest for self-determination, equity and justice in Nigeria and which has the logo of isi-agu, the undying tiger head symbol of the collective consciousness of the Igbos as a courageous people.
Though ndi-Anambra may have identified with other political parties in the past, today’s reality is that they have now moved to the United Progressive Party (UPP) due mostly to the fact that we have the best candidate, in addition to the ideology of our great party, which connects with their aspirations. Today, the UPP has the largest demography of volunteers and genuine supporters across the state.
The fact remains that the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) as presently constituted has become ideologically vacuous and unable to articulate and pursue the aspirations of the people, hence its rejection by the people.
On the other hand, the UPP, with its unbendable quest for self-determination and restructuring as enshrined in its manifesto – and for which it is now championing the restoration of the Igbo voice in Nigeria-has now become the new rallying point for ndi-Anambra.
Furthermore, while Governor Willie Obiano and other political parties in this race refused to stand up for ndi-Anambra in the face of aggressions and unconstitutional military invasions, the UPP and its candidate, Chief Chidoka resolutely fought for them and have continued to defend the people as occasion demands.
We therefore call on ndi-Anambra to continue in their support for Chief Osita Chidoka and the UPP. The way to freedom and a prosperous Anambra, is to thumb print for the isi agu logo of the UPP on the election day.
Finally, we once again appreciate the upsurge of support, goodwill, prayers and followership that has continued to pour in to the UPP since the September 30, 2017 official campaign launch by our governorship candidate at the historic Uli Airport in Ihiala.
We remain intensely inspired by the massive crowd of ndi Anambra who turned out for the flag-off and spent hours under the sun, evincing that incontrovertible fact that the people are indeed resolute about enthroning a government that truly belongs to them. In that regard, the UPP salutes their courage, commitment and sacrifices towards this all-important project, and will not let them down.
Dike is the National Publicity Secretary of UPP. He writes from Abuja