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Ahead of Saturday’s governorship election in Anambra State, the candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr. Valentine Ozigbo has said that he does not have a godfather.
Ozigbo disclosed that the only godfather he would have had were the same ones he fought and defeated in the court to retrieve his governorship ticket, after they tried to take it away from him.
The candidate was reacting to his consistent mention of the former governor of Anambra State, Mr Peter Obi in his speeches, who has also been rumoured to be his godfather.
The former chairman and chief executive of Transcorp, who spoke with journalists in Awka during an interactive session said a godfather is one who a political office holder can not say no to, but Obi is no such person to him.
He said: ‘A godfather is a person you can not say no to and I do not have that kind of person around me. I do not have a godfather.
‘Obi is not my godfather, and if you noticed, while I was still aspiring for the ticket of the PDP, he (Obi) never followed me anywhere, but only came immediately I won the ticket of the party.
‘He (Obi) was never with me when I was not a candidate, but when I won the candidacy, he also came all out. I associate with him because I know he did well. If I’m not proud to associate with Peter Obi, who else will I be proud to associate with in Anambra PDP.
‘Godfather is one who will tie your hands and tell you to share the state’s resources. I know those ones and I battled them in court and I defeated them well. So I’m in the race to give value to Anambra people.’
Ozigbo said he is confident of winning the election, but he is worried about the level of rot he will meet when he assumes office.
He described himself as being on a huge advantage in the election, having three qualities that all the other candidates lack. He names such qualities to include: content of character, ability to listen, and his youthfulness.
He added that he has so far taken his campaign to six governorship debates, when his counterparts in the All Progressives Congress (APC), and the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), Senator Andy Uba and Prof. Chukwuma Soludo respectively have both attended only one, hosted by Arise News Channel which was monitored by The Eastern Updates.
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