Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) faithful, supporters and leaders in Aniocha North local government area have been urged to renew friendly relations with one another in order to enhance the fortunes of the party and ensure overwhelming victory for its candidates in the 2023 elections.
Party leaders and candidates from the area made the call in their separate remarks at the inauguration of the new look party secretariat and the campaign office of the party on the Issele-Uku-Issele Mkpitime road, Issele-Uku.
The Director General of the Campaign Council, Deacon Chuks Nwaebuni, while welcoming party leaders, supporters and faithful from the 10 wards in the local government area, described the occasion as epochal as it marked a new beginning of enhanced relations among loyalists that would culminate in effective delivery of all PDP candidates through work synergy on the basis of five-over-five and PDP All The Way.
Nwaebuni said Aniocha North had never produced a Senator to represent Delta North, but now had a Senatorial candidate in Prince Ned Nwoko, adding that it was gratifying to have three candidates from Aniocha North in an election Viz Prince Ned Nwoko for Senate, Rt. Hon Ndudi Elumelu for House of Representatives and Hon. Emeka Nwaobi, candidate for House of Assembly.
He stated that Delta North was also lucky to have the party’s Vice Presidential candidate in the person of Governor Ifeanyi Okowa, pointing out that Aniocha North should not miss the opportunity of ensuring that all the party’s candidates were voted for massively.
Nwaebuni described the State PDP Governorship candidate, Sheriff Oborevwori, as a friend of Anioma nation, who was ready to do M.O.R.E. for the people of Delta.
The Delta North PDP Chairman, Elder Moses Iduh, who commissioned the newly refurbished PDP LGA Secretariat and Campaign Office, thanked the party leaders in Aniocha North, expressing belief that with the emerging new dawn in Aniocha North, a massive electoral victory for the party was sure in the area.
Iduh said: “But to whom much is given, much is expected; because what is happening in Aniocha North is not happening in other local government areas. You have the incoming Senator, House of Representatives and the House of Assembly. That is why the people of Aniocha North have to go the extra-mile to ensure that they vote for all the candidates, Atiku/Okowa, Sheriff/Onyeme, Ned Nwoko, Ndudi Elumelu and Nwaobi.
“I beg our leaders in Aniocha North, let’s work together as one to deliver all our candidates, PDP five-over-five. Nobody should do anti-party. See that you all work for PDP and all its candidates”, Iduh said.
He later received decampees from Accord Party, All Progressives Congress (APC) and the Social Democratic Party (SDP), who all pledged to work for PDP and all its candidates, while asserting that the opposition had no foundation in Delta, as “Delta is PDP and PDP is Delta.
Delta North Senatorial candidate, Prince Ned Nwoko, who expressed concern about the revealed poor record of voting for PDP in Aniocha North, said he was truly alarmed by the narrative of Aniocha North always coming last during elections, stressing that “it’s not a good story”.
Nwoko then threw a challenge saying: “I know I have a big role to play so as to change the narrative. In Aniocha North, the ward that emerges number one in voting, I am going to give the sum of N5 million.. This money will be won by the ward in Aniocha North that produces the highest number of votes cast to make PDP win five-over-five”.8
He pointed out that it was important that all candidates of PDP emerged victorious because it would make them to work easy in their various elective positions.
“If elected Senator, I will need a team to work with. I need Ndudi Elumelu and Emeka Nwaobi to work with. The second on the team list is the Sheriff-Onyeme ticket. The next is the House of Representatives, Ndudi Elumelu. If it is an APC person or another party person, then there will be a problem because there will be no synergy”, Ned Nwoko said.
He said “I don’t need to be in Abuja alone as a Senator. “No, I don’t need it because without the five-over-five team I cannot be productive as a Senator. I cannot be productive as a Senator if Atiku-Okowa are not President and Vice President. I need a team to work with. So we must all come together to work and vote massively for all PDP candidates. There should be no anti-party among us”, he said.
Nwoko pleaded with the party faithful in Aniocha North to forgive one another. “Whatever anybody has done to you in the past, including me, please forgive and forget. I make a pledge that when I go to Abuja, I will make fruitful representation as your Senator. I am not going to Abuja because I want fame, or to make a name, I am going to Abuja because I want to make a difference in the life of the people,l”, the Delta North Senatorial candidate said.
Sitting member representing Aniocha North in the House of Assembly and the Constituency’s PDP candidate for next year’s election, Hon. (Engr.) Emeka Nwaobi, aligned himself with what Prince Nwoko said, and announced that he would add N1million to Nwoko’s N5million for the ward that would produce the highest number of votes for PDP in the local government area.
Former Deputy Governor of Delta State, Chief Benjamin Elue, also aligned with what Prince Nwoko said and called for total forgiveness for one another in the interest of PDP and its candidates. “Let’s embrace one another so that there can be progress”, Elue said.
He commended the local government area’s Campaign Council Director General, Deacon Nwaebuni, for renovating the ANIOCHA North PDP Secretariat.
A notable party leader in the area, Dame Nkem Okwuofu, announced that women no longer subscribed to the slogan, “women Oye”, pointing out that the current way of acknowledging women was to say “Great Nigeria Women”.
Urging the men to support women, Dame Okwuofu said: “Our women must go to the units and work. Go out now as an ambassador of PDP in your various wards and mobilize people to vote on election days for PDP all the way five-over-five”.
She assured that once the women folks have agreed, they don’t relent. “I will be in the forefront of canvassing votes for all PDP candidates, and we must deliver for PDP five-over-five all the way”, Okwuofu said, while calling on men to support women to vote for PDP, as Aniocha North must not carry last.
“I will never leave PDP and give my vote to another party. I am here to plead with you all to work for the election of Atiku/Okowa, Sheriff/Onyeme, Ned Nwoko, Ndudi Elumelu and Emeka Nwaobi”, Dame Okwuofu said.
Aniocha North Chairman of PDP, Dr. Charles Ochei appreciated the massive turn out of leaders and supporters of the party for the event and assured that all the party’s candidates would be delivered in all the units and wards in the area in the forthcoming elections.