The Anambra State gubernatorial candidate of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Mr Valentine Ozigbo, on Wednesday received a certificate of return as the winner of the party’s primary election conducted for the November 6 governorship election.
He was presented with the certificate by the national chairman of the party, Prince Uche Secondus, at the party’s national secretariat in Abuja.
At the occasion, Secondus said the primary that produced Ozigbo complied with the laid down procedures in the PDP constitution and relevant laws.
He said the party will do all that is necessary to recapture the state because of its strategic importance.
The party boss said: “We believe that Anambra is a very important state not only for PDP but for the entire nation. Anambra hosts the largest number of billionaires, industries and those who are making things happen in Nigeria.
“So, we want to present our certificate to the candidate that has gone through all the processes and fulfilled all the conditions of our party.
“We believe you will go and campaign peacefully and return victory not only to people of Anambra state, you will also return victory to our party.”
On his part, Ozigbo, who until recently was the Chief Executive Officer of Transnational Corporation of Nigeria Plc (Transcorp), dedicated his victory at the primary election to the people of Anambra State.
He praised the leadership of the party both at the state and federal levels for the manner they superintendent over the primary election.
According to him, the transparency and credibility exhibited during the primary reflected positive changes brought by the Secondus-led National Working Committee.
Ozigbo stated: “I am eternally grateful because it is only on the basics of that free and transparent process that somebody like me could emerge as the candidate of the party.
“I am here to say that my emergence throws tremendous happiness and joy on the streets of Anambra state. This is a signal of what is to come.
“When you compare this to what is happening in other parties, especially APGA (All Progressives Grand Alliance) and APC (All Progressives Congress), the difference is clear.”
He was confident that Ozigbo that his candidacy, with the support of all stakeholders, would bring victory to the PDP in Anambra.
He added: “I am here to report to you that we are here, not just to celebrate the certificate of return but it is a call to duty because celebration time is in the future.
“November 6, going to the polls, I guarantee you by the special grace of God, for the first time in 16 years, Anambra will turn PDP.
“Mindful of the circumstances, my team and I are fully aware of what this task is. We know how formidable the other opponents may be, but we are confident of victory.”
Ozigbo said he did not just represent a unifier in PDP in Anambra, but also the voice of the youth, adding: “I am somebody who is open and enduring to the women, and with these two combinations and work done so far in traversing the length and breadth of Anambra state, victory indeed is sure.”