The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Working Committee (NWC) on Wednesday presented certificate of return to the winner of the party’s primary election for the Anambra governorship poll, Mr Valentine Ozigbo
PDP National Chairman Uche Secondus, while presenting the certificate to the party’s candidate at the Wadata House, Abuja, said the primary that produced Ozigbo followed all the party’s constitution and relevant laws.
Secondus said that the June 26 primary was the first time PDP conducted a peaceful primary election in Anambra since 1999, adding that the party which he said was very strong in the South East, believed that the people matter.
PDP Chairman continued “We believe that Anambra is a very important state not only for PDP, for the entire nation. Anambra hosts the largest number of billionaires, industries and those who are making things happen in Nigeria.
“So, we want to present our certificate to the candidate that has gone through all the process and fulfilled all the conditions of our party.
“We believe you will go and campaign peacefully and return victory not only to people of Anambra state, you will also return victory to our party.”
Ozigbo, a former CEO of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), receiving the certificate, dedicated it to the people of Anambra state and promised to rebuild the state.
He expressed his gratitude to the leadership of the party both at the national and state level as well the PDP team that conducted the primary, describing the primary as the most peaceful, transparent and credible.
Ozigbo said the transparency and credibility witnessed in the primary election reflected positive changes brought by the party’s current leadership both at national and state levels.
He continued “I am eternally grateful because it is only on the basics of that free and transparent process that somebody like me could emerge as the candidate of the party.
“I am here to say that my emergency throws tremendous happiness and joy on the streets of Anambra state. This is a signal of what is to come.
“When you compare this to what is happening in other parties, especially APGA (All Progressives Grand Alliance) and APC (All Progressives Congress), the difference is clear,” he said.
Ozigbo who expressed optimism that his candidacy, with the support of all stakeholders, would bring victory to the PDP in Anambra added that “ I am here to report to you that we are here, not just to celebrate the certificate of return but it is a call to duty because celebration time is in the future.
He said: “Nov. 6, going to the polls, I guarantee you by the special grace of God, for the first time in 16 years, Anambra will turn PDP.
“Mindful of the circumstances, my team and I are fully aware of what this task is. We know how formidable the other opponents maybe, but we are confident of victory.
“I am somebody who is open and enduring to the women, and with this two combinations and work done so far in traversing the length and breadth of Anambra state, victory indeed is sure.”