Anambra Guber: Ngige Flags-Off Campaign In Onitsha
Candidate of the All Progressives Congress (APC) in the November 16 gubernatorial election in Anambra state, Senator Chris Ngige yesterday flagged off his campaign in Onitsha in his bid to return to the Awka Government in 2014.
It was an occasion that witnessed the assemblage of APC big wigs from across the country including the party’s national leader, Senator Bola Tinubu; Imo State Governor, Chief Rochas Okorocha; Edo State Governor, Mr. Adams Oshiomhole; his Ekiti State counterpart, Dr. Kayode Fayemi; the party’s National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande; Dr. Ogbonnaya Onu and the party’s South-east National Vice-Chairman and Director General of Ngige Campaign Organisation, Chief George Moghalu among others.
Obliviously overwhelmed by the mammoth crowd of enthusiastic supporters who thronged the arena for Ngige, Tinubu who first took the stage to begin what turned out to be a long speech by the speakers in turn of Ngige’s achievements as governor of the state for 34 months, said Ngige was like a fine product from the manufacturer’s stable that needs no advertising.
“This man, Senator Ngige, with me here, is one man with sound political pedigree, pedigree of service and passion and commitment to the welfare of his people. We looked at his antecedents before giving him to Anambra people to be their governor after the elections of November 16, and I know you people love him and he will not disappoint you.
“You call him “Onwa” – the shinning moon. He is a good product. Good wine needs no bush and I tell you that the moon will shine again,” he said.
Tinubu said with their votes for Ngige on November 16, Anambra people would have liberated themselves from the bondage of bad governance and a ruler that is misruling them.
“You are all witnesses to the fact that during his first outing as governor, teachers were paid, pensioners were paid, schools were better, roads tarred, and hospitals were renovated and upgraded. Things have nose dived and we have come to sweep away the evil,” he said.
On his part, Oshiomhole described Ngige as a man with experience who has been tested and trusted.
He said Ngige did in 18 months as governor of the state what successive governments could not do in eight years, adding that with Ngige, the state will change for the better.
He advised APC supporters to vote for him on November 16, and guard their votes jealously as a way of effecting the change they desired.
Fayemi, in his solidarity speech, described Ngige as a soldier in the vineyard of progress.
For the Imo State governor and national leader of the Ngige campaign for the November 16 polls, Okorocha, who was mesmerised by the sheer size of the crowd, he said Ngige remained the man that ended godfatherism in Anambra politics and who was ordained to rescue Anambra people from bad governance.
But for Ngige who was handed over the party flag alongside his deputy, Hon. Ralph Okeke, the moon he said, would shine again.’
According to him, he will re-enact the era of good and durable roads known as ‘Ngige standard,’ and wipe out kidnapping and armed robbery, the twin evil that had held the state prostrate since he left office; offer free education as well as upgrade hospitals where women would be treated free.
“Today in our state, there are a lot of kidnapping and robbery going on and youth unemployment as well. Was it like that when I was there,” he asked rhetorically to which the crowd yelled ‘No’.
“We are going to sweep out kidnappers, robbers and security and welfare of the people would be paramount in our list.
“The roads I built 10 years ago are still there, very durable and the ones built two years ago with so much money have been washed away.
“Who is deceiving who? I will come back again to give you people “Ngige quality roads,” he said.
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