The Ebonyi chapter of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) on Thursday in Abakaliki inaugurated the Governorship Campaign Council (GCC) with a charge to drive the party to victory in the March 11, governorship election.
The more than 100 member-council was inaugurated by Chief Ifeanyichukwu Odii (AnyiChuks), the PDP governorship candidate who also is the chairman of the council.
Odii, inaugurating the council explained that the task before the members of the GCC was to work to ensure a resounding victory for the party at all levels.
The governorship candidate said that the council has been given a marching order to develop a calendar for the campaign rallies in the state within 24 hours.
He said that if elected that his administration would commit to the provision of good governance that would be anchored on credible leadership; wealth creation and restoring Ebonyi to economic greatness.
He said: “We are here for serious business, we are not joking until the day we are declared as the winners of all the elections in Ebonyi; this is why we have carefully selected you for this campaign council.
” Under our watch, Ebonyi will move tremendously from being among the poorest states to being one of the richest states in the country.
“I have said it before and let me reiterate that I will use the natural resources Ebonyi is endowed with to develop the state and we are going to use our arable lands to generate wealth through investing massively in agriculture.
“When I started my business, I started with a zero balance sheet and was able to grow it into a thriving business that now cuts across the entire African continent and the world at large and I am ready to deploy that business ingenuity to create wealth for Ebonyi people.”
Odii congratulated members of the council for making the list noting that more members would be injected into the council reminding them that there was work to do.
On the rumoured delisting of all the candidates of the party from the website of the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC), Odii noted that it was the handiwork of the opposition who were afraid of the influence and popularity of the PDP in the state.
“The opposition in the mischievous propaganda was trying to confuse the people but the truth remains that the people love us and we remain the candidates for the elections,” Odii said.
Earlier, Mr Ifeanyi Nworie, state deputy chairman of the PDP in his address said that PDP was set to prove that it remained the most dominant and popular party in Ebonyi by replicating victory in the 2023 general election like in the previous elections in the state.
“The party won election victories in 1999, 2003, 2007 and also in 2011, 2015 and 2019 before Gov Dave Umahi left the party with its mandate to the All Progressives Congress (APC).
” I stand here to say believing in one voice that we are going to win again the March 11 governorship of the state and this time, we are going to elect a man that has the fear of God in him and who will not leave the party after voting him to power.
“We are believing God who has sustained PDP in Ebonyi from 1999 till date will encourage each and everyone of us including those to be inaugurated as members of the campaign council to deliver on the mandate,” Nworie said.
Our correspondent reports that members of council include; Sen. Igwe Nwagu (Dep. Governorship candidate), deputy chairman, Sen. Sam Egwu representing Ebonyi North Senatorial district, Chief Lazarus Ogbee (Senatorial Candidate, Ebonyi Central), Sen. Michael Sam Nnachi (Ebonyi South).
Others are; Sen. Anyim Pius Anyim (Patron), Chief Ali Odefa, PDP Vice Chairman (South-East), Sen. Obinna Ogba (Ebonyi Central), Prince Ugoji Ama Oti, Chief Chukwuma Nwazunku (Technical Director), Chief Idu Igariway, Dr Oliver Osi, Dr Paul Okorie among others.
Chief Austin Edeze, a governorship aspirant on the platform of PDP was appointed the Director-General of GCC.
Our correspondent further reports that all senatorial and House of Representatives candidates of the party were appointed to the council. ENDS//