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Ozigbo sure of emerging PDP candidate for Anambra guber poll as he exits Transcorp boards

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APGA will retain state despite odds, Njoku insists

The immediate past President and Group Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Transcorp Plc, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, has expressed confidence that he will be the most widely accepted People’s Democratic Party (PDP) candidate for the Anambra State governorship poll.

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This is just as the former Transcorp Group President and CEO, who is among the contenders for the PDP ticket, finally bows out of the boards of the Transcorp Group.

Ozigbo said although he resigned in March 2020, the Chairman, Mr. Tony Elumelu, did not let him go entirely, explaining that Transcorp Plc, Transcorp Power Limited, and Transcorp Hotels Plc, retained him on their boards as a non-executive director.

He said: “My heart is filled with so much gratitude, and it is astonishing where God has taken me and our Ka Anambra Chawapu Movement, an organisation we built from ground zero.

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“When I resigned from my role at the top of Nigeria’s corporate ladder, my colleagues and mentors were a bit concerned for me. Some of them tried to discourage me from leaving my plum job as the President and Group CEO of Transcorp Plc and going into what they thought was uncharted territory.

“But, I was resolute. I believed that if God laid it in my heart to leave my job and go on this quest to serve my people, He would also provide the wisdom and grace needed to actualise the dream. Eventually, I received the blessings of my mentor, leader, and friend, the Chairman of Transcorp Plc, Mr. Tony O. Elumelu.”

MEANWHILE, factional National Chairman of All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Chief Edozie Njoku, has said that the current travails of the party call for caution and vigilance.

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Njoku stressed that the trying times of APGA was caused by the contest between those who want a reformed and functional party structure and those that want to sustain a deformed party.

In a chat with selected journalists in Abuja, yesterday, Njoku assured that after the storm, the party would emerge the real APGA that was formed to protest and oppose oppression, marginalisation and injustice.

Njoku stated categorically that his own faction was well insulated from the flagrant non-compliance with the Independent National Electoral Commission’s (INEC) electoral guidelines and regulations for Anambra 2021 election.

He stated: “INEC has accepted our delegates’ list for the Anambra governorship primary. Contrary to insinuations in certain quarters, the APGA governorship primary has been shifted to June 29 and would no longer hold on June 25, 2021, as previously stated in the APGA timetable.”

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The APGA chieftain, however, said that venue of the primary election would be announced by the Anambra 2021 governorship election committee.

He disclosed that the Edozie Njoku-led APGA National Working Committee (NWC) is working assiduously to ensure that the party retains Anambra State by winning the November 6, 2021, gubernatorial poll.

Njoku described the claim by one Jude Okeke and his group that they have secured INEC’s approval to hold governorship primary on behalf of APGA as a calculated attempt to deceive and misinform the public.

He, therefore, enjoined APGA faithful to remain focused and prayerful.

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