Ubah commends Jonathan for 2nd Niger Bridge, naval base
• PDP campaign train hits Atani
• Markets close in solidarity
ALL markets in and around the 16 communities within the Ogbaru Local Council Area of Anambra State were temporarily closed at the weekend as residents volunteered to close down trading and other commercial activities in honour of the visiting campaign train of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) led by Chief Chris Ubah.
Ubah who stormed the Atani Primary school field, venue of the rally at 4.30p.m. leading other big wigs of the party including Prince John Emeka who is the Anambra North Senatorial candidate under whose constituency Ogbaru falls rocked the area to its foundations, politically, as every activity literally came to a halt. The long convoy of the campaign train was a cynosure for all as gaily dressed men, women, boys and girls and even children danced and sang to the praise of the PDP and Chief Ubah.
The visibly elated Ubah was so happy on the massive cheers from the surging mammoth crowd of enthusiastic supporters who had stormed the arena to welcome and identify with him and the party.
In his brief remarks, Ubah who is also the party’s candidate for the Anambra South Senatorial seat, paid glowing tribute to President Goodluck Jonathan for the commencement of construction of the Second Niger Bridge and the Naval Base sited in Ogbaru, as well as the School for Aviation Technology there. He said the area had never had it so good. He, therefore, urged them to support Jonathan and all other PDP candidates in the next month’s general election massively.
Leading all the Senatorial, Federal House of Representatives and state Assembly candidates together with a major national chieftain of the party from the area, Chief Sule Ugboma, Chief Uba swept round the expansive arena, moving from one canopy to another greeting and acknowledging cheers from the people.
He commended them for their outstanding love, passion and support for the PDP. He said that Ogbaru was like a second home to him. As he visits often because of his friend and a brother Chief Ugboma (Ogene of Ogbaru) who aspired for the governorship of the state in 2013.
He admitted that all tickets for the party were a collective effort as Ugboma made serious input and impact for the candidates. He said he had to make it open because each local council knows their leaders, stakeholders and kingmakers who play key part to make things happen, and that Chief Sule Ugboma was among such rare persons in the state. He described him as highly respected in and outside government circles and that he was highly connected globally.
Ugboma pointed out that he chose to come out to ensure his people join the winning team, know and be actively involved in politics of the nation and state. He admitted that they can’t stay aloof anymore. That it was why the choice of candidates was open and collective, without any overbearing influence or imposition of candidates.
He said he was impressed that Ogbaru people were now showing active interest, more so now that the FG has been putting the area on the map through the second Niger Bridge and the naval base.
One of the candidates Prince Patrick Afuberah who is running for the state Assembly seat said his focus was on getting the attention of the state government to bring democracy dividends and all their dues to them in record time.
Ubah presented all the candidates including John Emeka, Benny Obaze, Pius Igwilo, Patrick Afubera to the people soliciting their votes and full support.
Other chieftains of the party at the Ogbaru rally include Chief Emma Nweke, Hon. Charles Chinnwendu Odedo, and Princess Ifeyinwa Anazonwu