- Valentine Ozigbo is a business leader and entrepreneur turned politician who is running for governor in Anambra state
- Ozigbo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate, has over 26 years of experience in the corporate world
- The PDP candidate will, however, rely on several political heavyweights in the party to secure victory
Awka - As the Anambra governorship election draws nearer, some candidates are leading the pack ahead of others due to their political party, reach, and popularity.
One of such candidates is Valentine Ozigbo, the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) governorship candidate.
Ozigbo, 51, has at his beck and call, several leading politicians in Anambra and beyond who will be ready to push themselves to the extreme to ensure that the former corporate leader emerges as the governor of the state.
Legit.ng lists 6 of such politicians in this piece. They are:
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1. Peter Obi
The former governor of Anambra is still a relevant and solid political figure in the southeast state. Known for his unmatched integrity and achievements while in office, Obi has returned to the political turf to sell the candidacy of Ozigbo. He is now a regular face at the rallies of the PDP in the final leading to the election. Ozigbo is definitely lucky to have Obi by his side.
2. Senator Uche Ekwunife
A tested and trusted politician. Ekwunife is just 50 but it feels like she has been on the Anambra political turf for decades. A politician with a strong structure, she is currently representing the people of Anambra Central Senatorial District in the Senate. More importantly, she is the director-general of the Ozigbo campaign team and she has done well so far in selling his candidacy.
3. Senator Enyinnaya Abaribe
Although he is not from Anambra state, Abaribe has been very visible in the campaign of Ozigbo in the last few days. As of today, Abaribe is arguably the most respected politician in the whole of the southeast. When he speaks, the people listen. At a time when many southeast politicians have failed to speak up for their people, Abaribe has been very vocal. A great asset to Ozigbo.
3. Governor Ifeanyi Okowa
A silent achiever, Governor Ifeanyi Okowa of Delta state is the deputy chairman of PDP’s National Campaign Council for the Anambra election. In September 2020, Governor Okowa worked really hard for his colleague, Godwin Obaseki to return to office. As his commitment to the Delta people, Okowa takes his political battles seriously and Ozigbo should be happy to have him by his side.
4. Oseloka Obaze
Obaze is not your regular politician. a Nigerian diplomat, author, and a retired United Nations official who served the organisation as an international civil servant between 1991 and 2012. Obaze joined the political fray in Anambra and his integrity has remained intact, He remains one of the highly respected politicians in the state, and his support for Ozigbbo has been made public.
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5. Hon. Obinna Chidoka
He has been very visible in the campaign train of Ozigbo. The 47-year old House of Representatives member is one politician who can help in rallying Anambra youths to Ozigbo side. Alongside his brother, former minister of aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka, they are both expected to deliver the PDP in their respective areas of influence in the state.
6. Senator Ben Obi
The elder statesman is a member of the PDP Board of Trustees. In the last few weeks in his media engagements, Senator Obi has been very vocal drumming support for Ozigbo. A highly respected personality in Anambra, Obi, a former special adviser to ex-President Goodluck Jonathan on inter-party affairs, is expected to rely on his goodwill to gain more support for Ozigbo.
Governor Okowa says PDP will win Anambra governorship election
Meanwhile, Governor Okowa has said that the PDP would win the November 6 governorship election in Anambra as it did in Edo in 2020.
The governor asserted this when he received Ozigbo and some defectors from All Progressives Grand Alliance in Anambra led by the youth leader in the state, Magnus Eziokwu, in Asaba on Tuesday, October 12.
He said that PDP stood a chance to win Anambra going by the preparations so far made by the party, adding that Ozigbo was better than all other candidates in the election.
PDP chieftain confident of party's victory
Similarly, the coordinator of Ozigbo Youth Vanguard, Chuks Benson Anaje, has stated that Ozigbo will win the Anambra election with a landslide victory.
The campaign coordinator assured the Anambra people that Ozigbo would make a difference if elected governor next month.
He urged voters in the state to elect the PDP candidate to serve them by voting for him massively on Saturday, November 6.