Anambra Guber: Ozigbo, Ekwunife Talk Tough Ahead Full Blown Campaigns
By Centus Nweze
Ahead Anambra state governorship election scheduled for November this year, two aspirants have began talking tough on their sure footedness against the political onslaught before election.
The aspirant under the platform of Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Valentine Ozigbo has said that he cannot be intimidated by the credentials of the All Progressive Grand Alliance (APGA) candidate, Charles Soludo.
This is even as Senator Uche Ekwunife, promised to reform the security architecture in the state if elected governor.
Ozigbo who picked his nomination and expression of interests forms at the PDP National Secretariat yesterday, boasted that Soludo is not a threat, even if he’s supported by the incumbent governor.
He said: “I actually want to request that you study my candidacy well enough, because when you do, the question should be the reverse. Shouldn’t Soludo be intimidated by my candidacy.
“I want to say this to you, there are a lot of unique advantages that I have that by the grace of God, may not be equaled by him. As you know, we are in the realm of these two worlds, we’re talking about how to get Anambra to catch up with the rest of the world.
“The person you have here is a digital man, who understand the future, and not so much about what has happened in the past. So as a matter of fact, if you’re looking for class or modernity and world class, then you can come to that conclusion, between both of us who indeed would be trumped higher.”
He said that he has distinguished himself as a technocrat, business administrator and international banker of high repute and possesses the requisite experience to occupy the Anambra government house.
The aspirant said that his dream is to transform Anambra into a technology hub and attract researchers and investors into the state, focus on the basics of roads and gas infrastructure, industrialize Anambra, look at things from various level and deal with the Anambra problem in a pragmatic manner.
Ekwunife, who was at the party secretariat to submit her nomination and expression of interest forms, kicked against consensus arrangement.
Ekwenife, who represented Anambra Central Senatorial District, boasted that she would beat other contestants to the ticket.
She said: “If elected governor, I will reform the security architecture. I will partner with the security agencies to make sure they are equipped with sophisticated weapons.
“I don’t see how a consensus arrangement will play out now considering the galaxy of men and a woman in the race. I am running to win, so I don’t see how consensus arrangement will work. It is a bit late, it should have come before now.”