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Factional candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the upcoming Anambra 2021 gubernatorial elections, Valentine Ozigbo, has explained how he arrived at the decision of choosing his running mate.
Ozigbo stated that Azuka Enemuo was not forced on him by any person(s) from within or outside the party as widely insinuated but according to him, she emerged having met the necessary criteria.
The former Transcorp boss made this known in Awka, during a special meeting with members of the Nigeria Union of Journalists (NUJ) Anambra State Council, and PDP media influencers.
Ozigbo explained that the rumour making the rounds that Enemuo was forced on him and the party was false.
He said: ‘I, Valentine Ozigbo, decided who my running mate would be, and I’m glad to have Azuka Enemuo as deputy. I am an independent mind, and also understand what are needed in a running mate. That does not mean we shall ignore PDP recommendation or suggestion in any matter concerning this election; not at all. The party’s suggestion is always superior.
‘What really happened in the choice of Enemuo was that we asked the leadership of the Anglican Church to come up with recommendation. When they came up with a list, there were three women there; two were highly recommended, and Mrs Enemuo was one of them. Enemuo was also recommended highly by majority of APGA faithful, traditional rulers, presidents of communities and many other citizens, who worked closely with her when she held sway as commissioner during Peter Obi’s administration.’
Ozigbo described his running mate as ‘a prominent person in the Anglican Church, an influential woman of the Anambra Central extraction; a woman with political connections and linkages, and a woman with high electoral value.’
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