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Ozigbo decries worsening insecurity in Anambra

By Lawrence Njoku (Enugu) and Monday Osayande (Asaba)
13 October 2021   |   2:52 am
The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Anambra State governorship election, Valentine Ozigbo, has decried the worsening state of insecurity in the state.

[FILES] Valentine Ozigbo as the Anambra State gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP)

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The Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Anambra State governorship election, Valentine Ozigbo, has decried the worsening state of insecurity in the state.

Speaking, yesterday, in Asaba, Delta State, when hundreds of Anambra indigenes in Asaba gathered in solidarity for his political aspiration, Ozigbo promised that, if elected, his administration would leverage the power of intelligence to combat the situation and make the state a safe haven.

He said the various security agencies in the state, including the vigilante groups, would be equipped and motivated to fight criminality.

While wooing eligible Anambra voters living in the neighbouring Delta to come to return home to cast their votes for him, the PDP flagbearer hinted that his candidature was for the unification of the Igbo in the South-East because “unity is key to the development and security of the region.”

Ozigbo also promised, if elected, to make Onitsha and environs a typical commercial hub that would attract Anambra sons and daughters in the Diaspora to invest in the state.

He assured the people of his determination to stop multiple taxations, to encourage businesses in Onitsha, Nnewi and other commercial towns.

According to him, a PDP government in 2022 will develop Onitsha port and make the state more competitive in areas of trade and investment.

Priority, he added, will be accorded to women and youth empowerment as part of measures to curb unemployment and restiveness.

“The education and health sectors in Anambra will be transformed while deplorable roads will be rehabilitated to alleviate the plight of residents,” he said.

PDP chieftain in Anambra, Dr. Okey Umeano, has advised Ozigbo to detach himself from political godfathers in the mould of former political office holders, businessmen or ordinary politicians.

Speaking in Enugu, yesterday, Umeano expressed joy that Ozigbo eventually emerged as PDP flagbearer.

His words: “I was in the Anambra State Past Presidents-General Association meeting when he (Ozigbo) came to see us early in the year. Then I told someone sitting beside me that this is governorship material. That is why we were all very excited when he eventually emerged as the PDP’s candidate.

“I have, however, advised him to make influential politicians invisible in his campaigns, if he wants to go far in politics.”

According to him, with Ozigbo’s youthfulness, vigour and exposure, he is the best of all the candidates in the November 6 election.

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