APRIL POLLS: ONITSHA STANDS STILL AS OBI PRESENTS EMODI, OTHERS
Onitsha, the commercial nerve centre of Anambra State, yesterday stood still for candidates of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) in next month's general election led by the Anambra North Senatorial candidate, Senator Joy Emodi, as Governor Peter Obi presented them to the traders and residents of the city.
The Bridge Head Market (Drug Market), Ochanja Market and other markets visited by the APGA campaign train gave the party a warm reception with promises to return its candidates in the forthcoming elections with their votes.
At each point, the senatorial candidate, Emodi was given a standing ovation by the people who expressed satisfaction with her earlier representation of the zone in the Senate with shouts of Joy of the Senate, renting the air.
Speaking to the traders, who virtually closed shop to welcome the APGA campaign train at various markets, Governor Obi said he was confident of his accomplishments in the office, hence not afraid to meet the good people of the state one-on-one unlike some others who were there before him.
He said: 'I have not performed like some other governors for me to be afraid of being pelted with sachet water, rather, I have kept faith with the people of Anambra State and I am even more determined to pursue those things that will improve the welfare of traders in Anambra and Anambra traders doing businesses elsewhere.'
Stressing that he ensured that Anambra State received its dues at all times even without having a single member of his party in both the state and national assemblies, Obi urged the people to vote for APGA candidates so that they would work with him for greater achievements.
He said, 'If you Anambra people are pleased with what I have done so far and want the good of the state, I urge you to honour me by voting all APGA candidates to various offices so that they would work with me for the good of the state.'
Speaking of the senatorial candidate, Senator Emodi, Obi told the traders that though she was not an APGA member from the beginning but she made so many useful contributions not just to Anambra State but to the entire South-east when she headed the Education Committee of the Senate.
He said, or their belief in APGA and assured them that the party would not disappoint them.