August 01, (THEWILL) – A former governor of Anambra State, Peter Obi, has called on members of the crisis-ridden Peoples Democratic Party in the state to support Valentine Ozigbo, who emerged victorious in a primary election held by one of the factions of the party in June.
Ozigbo is one of the two contending candidates drawn from rival factions currently struggling for supremacy within the PDP. Chief Ugochukwu Uba is the candidate of the other faction. Both factionhave been engaged in a relentless legal battle that has given rise to contentious C=court judgments.
Speaking in Awka last Thursday, Obi appealed to all aggrieved persons at the June 26 governorship primary in Anambra to forgive and join in ongoing moves to market Ozigbo successfully on November 6.
Making the appeal during a reconciliation meeting organised by Ozigbo, he said the primary election had come and gone, but what was before the party was how to face the main election as a team.
The former governor said he would be involved in the campaign in all the 326 electoral wards of the state, if required to ensure that the party emerges victorious at the governorship polls.
Obi alleged that some aspirants who failed at the primary election were accusing him of being responsible for their failure. He described the allegation as false.
In his address, Ozigbo said he would soon commence a campaign tour of the 21 local government areas of the state to seek support, adding that his target this time is to win in the 326 electoral wards in Anambra State.
He also appealed to aggrieved members of the party after the recent governorship primary not to leave the PDP, adding that the November 26 governorship election presents a big opportunity for the party to return to power in the state.
“The November 26 governorship election is the time to break the 16 years jinx of PDP being out of power in Anambra and we must all be part of the struggle,” he said.