U.S. Consulate engages stakeholders on Anambra poll
A delegation of the Government of the United Sates of America (U.S.A.) has begun a pre-election interface with key political actors in Anambra State.
The delegation, led by American Embassy’s Political and Economic Chief for Southern Nigeria, Brandon Hudspeth, along with other support staff, including Arnold Abulime (Political Analyst), Brian Olson (Political Officer) and Jim Suor (Security Chief), discussed election security, election processes and other areas for possible partnership to ensure a credible and transparent process.
According to sources close to the delegation, the line up for discussions also includes key political party leaders, top journalists and other state/non-state actors.
Already, the team had met with the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) flag-bearer in the election, Chief Valentine Ozigbo.
Confirming the meeting in an interview, Ozigbo appreciated the interest shown by the U.S. government for a peaceful, transparent and fair election process in the state. He described the meeting as qualitative and productive, and promised to cooperate fully to ensure that the election reflected the people’s will.
Ozigbo was joined by several directors of the PDP Governorship Campaign Organisation, including the Director-General, Dr. Alex Obiogbolu; the Director for Strategy and Planning, Valentine Ayika; the Director for Protocol, Mrs. Chinelo Ofoche; and Zonal Director for Anambra North, Chief Gabriel Onyewife, who was member of the House of Representatives.
A statement from the PDP campaign team described Ozigbo as “a multiple award-winning global CEO, with rich experience in diplomatic relations after serving as the Head of Embassies and Mulitlaterals and Head of International Banking at the United Bank for Africa (UBA).
“He is widely regarded as the favourite to win the governorship election, has continued to win the support of Ndi Anambra at the grassroots after launching a historic tour of the 21 local councils in the south-eastern state.
“So far, he has suspended further campaign tours round the state due to the tense security atmosphere in the state. It is hoped that he will resume after re-jigging his security compliments.”