Frontline aspirant of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in the governorship election holding in Anambra state in November 2021, Dr. Obiora Okonkwo, has said he is the joker on PDP’s card for the election.
He also said that he is the king on the chessboard of the party going into the election.
Speaking when he addressed the party’s National Working Committee (NWC), members, supporters and associates as he submitted his Expression of Interest (EoI) and Nomination forms to the party, Tuesday, Okonkwo said that as the king on the chessboard, he would guarantee that Anambra state returns to PDP in November.
“I am the joker. I am the king on the chessboard. In the game of chess the king ought to be protected for victory to be assured”, he said.
Okonkwo, who was received at Wadata House amid fanfare from various dance groups, said he had recently concluded a tour of the 21 local government areas of the state, where he met with, and addressed the party’s stakeholders, statutory delegates, local government and ward executives.
He disclosed that from the responses he got during the tour, he was certain to deliver the state to PDP in the November election.
According to him, “Anambra people yearn to return to the PDP and they are waiting for me to lead them back. I assure you that with free, fair and transparent primary election, I will not only win the primary but go ahead to win the November election in a landslide.
“Besides, it is not only about winning the election; we shall govern the state in such a way that Nigerians will be proud of the PDP”, he added.
Noting that though several aspirants had purchased the party’s forms to contest in the election, Okonkwo however, said there is only one aspirant to beat.
“That aspirant is me. I am the best of the best”, he said.
Receiving Okonkwo’s forms at an elaborate ceremony which held at the Party’s Conference Hall, National Organizing Secretary of the PDP, Col. Austin Akobundu said Okonkwo’s capacity and suitability for the Anambra top job, was not in doubt.
Akobundu, who lauded Okonkwo for his continued support for the party, both in good and bad times, said however that the June 26 primary election of the PDP would be free, fair and openly transparent.
“I assure you that the primary election will be free, fair and transparent. The National Working Committee of PDP will not condone any act of wrongdoing that will impugn the integrity of our primary election because once the primary is free and fair and transparent, you build trust among all members even in those that lose”, he said.