People’s Democratic Party ( PDP) Gubernatorial hopeful Dr Ifedi Okwenna yesterday declared his intentions to govern Anambra state.
He was at the state PDP secretariat on Friday for the official declaration of his ambition to serve as governor of Anambra State in the next political dispensation.
The State Chairman of the party Hon Sir Ndubisi Nwobu (Obuka Awka) described Dr Okwenna as a great man in appearance, character and accomplishments.
Chief Nwobu welcomed members of his delegation and called on Hon Johnbosco Akaegbobi (Odaa Opue) who is a member of Anambra State House of Assembly to formally address the gathering.
Hon Johnbosco Akaegbobi said Hon Ifedi Okwenna was his choice candidate considering that they were from the same constituency, assuring his readiness to accompany others too I’d his attention is drawn.
The House Member added that they were in the journey, not just for the party ticket but to lead the Peoples Democratic Party to the government house in the forthcoming gubernatorial election. He went further to describe Dr Ifedi Okwenna as one of the architects of the present day Anambra State considering his achievements as one time Commissioner for Environment.
Ifedi, while speaking assured the party of his capacity to prosecute and win the 2021 guber election for PDP.
Ifedi, a former Commissioner for Environment in Anambra state and, the CEO Continental Export Development Nigeria (CEDEN) enumerated multiple areas of interest including Education, Healthcare, Youth Development, Onitsha Main Market and Agriculture with which he intends to open up the riverine areas. He made it clear that he has no reason not to harness the agricultural potentials of the state considering that it is among his core areas of strategic development.
Dr Ifedi Okwenna worked with the Federal Ministry of Health as a Scientific Officer, went for further studies, became a consultant, worked in the oil sector, United Nations, IFAD, Member of Vision 2010 Technical Committe under Abacha regime, Adviser to the Senate under Senate President Evan Enwerem, played key role in registration of APGA by submitting the letter that enabled it to be registered to the then President Olusegun Obasanjo a day before the official announcement of registered political parties in Nigeria.
Dr Okwenna emphasized the need for the party to sponsor a candidate that will consider the welfare of members and future of the party as paramount as other important programs of government. He cautioned against electing a governor that will not recognize even the state chairman of the party upon enthronement.
He narrated how he empowered mostly women and youths when he was commissioner which led to one of the beneficiaries now championing his diaspora gubernatorial campaign without requesting for logistics.
Dr Okwenna concluded by appealing to the party to give him an opportunity to prove himself as he has what it takes to mobilize even our brothers in APGA who are already fed up with the present administration which he said has performed abysmally and wasted our time and resources well enough.
“We know where to go, we know how to go about it and we have what it takes to get there” he noted.
The state chairman of PDP assured the team that under his watch things must be done differently for the interest of all aspirants so the party can elect a credible candidate for the task ahead. Obuka Awka as he is fondly called expressed his readiness to resign should the aspirants insist on dragging him into rigging elections.
He commended Okwenna for keeping to issue based campaign and cautioned against use of derogatory expression against other aspirants to make room for synergy after the party primaries. He also called for support to the party besides the campaign coordinators of party aspirants.