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Anambra Poll: Ohaneze Ndigbo Endorses Obiano

By James Eze

Six days to the gubernatorial election in Anambra State, Ohaneze; the apex Igbo socio-cultural group in Nigeria has handed an overwhelming endorsement to Chief Willie Obiano, the ex-banker and rounded technocrat who is standing election on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.

Rising from a meeting of all the leaders of the body in the 21 local governments in Anambra State where they had invited the 23 candidates seeking election in the 16thNovember 2013 election in the state, the Chairman of the Anambra State chapter of the body, Elder Chris Eluemuno, declared the unalloyed support of the group for Obiano whom he identified as the best candidate that represents the aspirations of Ndi Anambra.

The Anambra State Chapter of Ohaneze had invited all the 23 candidates running for the governorship election in the state to an interactive session at Davies Hotel, Awka to talk through their plans for Anambra State but only the APGA gubernatorial candidate had turned up for the session.

Chief Obiano's performance at the session had turned out to be so impressive that the leaders of the group felt re-assured that the Aguleri high chief would guide Anambra State to desired heights when given a chance.

Since the electioneering campaigns began to gather momentum in Anambra State in the last couple of months, Chief Obiano has demonstrated a great deal of competence in the management of the peculiar challenges of Anambra State, dazzling audiences at debates with facts and figures on crucial aspects of governance, ranging from Internally Generated Revenue to security and social welfare, tackling unemployment, infrastructural development and how to checkmate the menace of soil erosion in the state.

In a related development, traders in Tyre Sellers-Market, Baking Materials Market and Building Materials Market in Onitsha have all declared their support for the APGA candidate in the coming election.

The traders who turned out in large numbers to receive the APGA campaign train that made whistle-stops in the key markets in the leading commercial city by the Niger sang the increasingly popular APGA anthem and cheered Chief Obiano's every word when he made his trademark extempore speeches.

They assured the APGA candidate that they would vote for him on Election Day.