The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, in Anambra State, has warned the state Governor, Willie Obaino, to desist from using the name of late Igbo warlord, Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, to deceive people of the state into voting for him during the November 18, 2017 governorship election in the state.
Chairman of the state Chapter of the party, Kenneth Emeakayi, in a statement in Awka, described Obaino’s action as deceitful and nauseating.
Emeakayi claimed that by frequently dropping the name of Ojukwu, he was inadvertently acknowledging that he had not recorded any achievement in the past three years to earn him another electoral victory.
In a statement he personally signed, Emeakayi said, “During the campaigns for the 2010 gubernatorial election, the major streets of Anambra State were flooded with a particular billboard bearing the photograph of our great leader, Ojukwu raising the hand of former governor Peter Obi, with an inscription: ‘This is my last wish.’
“Having won the 2010 gubernatorial election, the APGA government of Anambra State under former Governor Peter Obi erected and hoisted new billboards in all major streets of Anambra State, in honour and to immortalize the pride and symbol of the Igbo nation, Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu.
“Similarly, every single billboard and APGA campaign material for the 2013 governorship election in Anambra State had the photograph of Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu, and APGA leveraged heavily on Ojukwu’s name to win the said election.
“Disappointingly, no sooner did Chief Willie Obiano become the governor of Anambra State on March 17, 2014, than all the billboards bearing the photograph of Ojukwu, disappeared from the streets of Anambra State.
“But just about six months to another gubernatorial election in Anambra State, the Chief Willie Obiano-led APGA government has suddenly again remembered the name of Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu. Billboards are now being hoisted, while government-owned vehicles are branded with Ojukwu’s photograph.
“Amazingly, Governor Willie Obiano, in three years did not complete any single project in Dim Chukwuemeka Ojukwu’s home town of Nnewi.”