By Chinelo Obogo
Former aviation minister and governorship aspirant on the platform of the United Progressive Party (UPP) Osita Chidoka has expressed optimism that he will win the forthcoming governorship election slayed for November 18.
Speaking yesterday while receiving some professional groups in his campaign office in Awka, the Anambra state capital, Chidoka accused the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in the state of squandering the goodwill initially reposed in it by the people.
He said: “The ordinary people of Anambra who are the ultimate deciders at the polls are intensely yearning for an entirely new era; a government run by persons of proven experience, integrity and character; a new, transparent, resourceful and prudent administration that guarantees them full and equal access to resources and opportunities available in their state, and I represent that struggle and aspiration.
“I stand for the people and they stand with me. We have since become a movement with an inevitable mission to take back the state to the rightful owners and opportunities are not cornered by a privileged and corrupt few but for the benefit of all.
“We are fully mobilized in all the 326 electoral wards in the state. We have our supporters and volunteers everywhere; we are all working very hard and will not rest until we accomplish our mission. It is for this cause that the people will vote and protect their vote until the end,” he said.
Chidoka further said that it was easy for the UPP to spread across the state because it was built and completely owned by the people themselves, after they lost faith in other political parties.
“There is no way any other party can defeat UPP in Anambra state. It is a party built and owned by the people. APGA has completely failed them. APC has rejected, marginalized and dehumanized them as mere five percent, so it has no place here. The PDP has lost its bearing as a party and cannot connect with the people.
“Go and check, it is only the UPP that has genuine followership across Anambra. While other parties are busy chasing shadows, we have been working hard to build our structures. The people know that the UPP is that authentic political vehicle through which they can realize their aspirations. The time has passed when they can be bought or intimidated. They can no longer be deceived by those who believe they can buy their votes; or those who use the names and faces of our heroes past to get to power” he said.