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Governor Dauda Lawal of Zamfara State who is the Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) National Campaign Council for the Imo State for the November gubernatorial election, has said that the poll is crucial to the survival of the state.
Lawal, who spoke at the inauguration of the campaign council on Saturday, in Abuja, expressed optimism that the PDP has all it takes to win the election.
The governor also said that the aim of the opposition party is not only to win the governorship contest, but to also give the people of Imo a new lease of life.
His words: ‘The election is crucial because it will determine the future of Imo State. We are aware of the challenge and we will surmount them. We pledge to deliver on the assignment before us.
‘Our aim is to bring genuine change to the lives of people we serve, not just to win the election.’
The governor while urging members of the campaign team to conduct the campaign in a way that reflects the ideals of the PDP implored members of the party to unite so as to secure victory in the November 11 poll.
‘Our credibility depends on our ability to be honest and transparent. We have considered various strategies to ensure success. Let us not lose sight of the bigger goal. Our campaign must focus on security, education, healthcare infrastructure and job creation, among others.
‘Let’s all come together, put our strategies in place and secure victory for our candidate and our party. Together we will deliver Imo State in November 2023,’ Lawal assured.
Similarly, the PDP candidate in the Imo governorship election, Senator Samuel Anyanwu, speaking at the event, said that the contest is neither about himself nor the incumbent governor, Senator Hope Uzodimma, but about the future of the people of Imo.
Anyanwu, who is also the PDP national secretary, expressed optimism that he would win the November 11 poll for the party, noting that Imo is crucial to the opposition party’s re-emergence as the dominant party in the zone.
According to him, ‘election is not about money, but the willingness of the people to change the tide. The people have suffered so much. I have the determination to bring back PDP to Imo State. If we don’t bring back PDP to Imo for the future there will be problems for the party. We must do all that is necessary to win Imo State. I won’t let the party down when elected.’
He added that there is no doubt about the ability of the Zamfara governor to lead PDP to victory in Imo, stating that “you came out of a war zone and defeated an incumbent governor.