Raymond Ozoji, Awka
Director-General Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Council in Anambra State Dr. Harry Oranezi has alleged that the Peoples Democratic Party and other well-meaning Nigerians are saddened over what happened in some parts of the country including Anambra state where he said there were pockets of skirmishes evident in the desperation of the ruling All Progressives Congress to clinch onto power by every means possible.
He said what happened in Lagos, Rivers and some other states were sad episodes compared to 2015 general elections when former president Goodluck Jonathan was in power. According to him, such was a clear-cut evidence that president Muhammadu Buhari resorted to violence to win the 2019 presidential elections.
Although he noted that in spite of the violent atmosphere in some parts of the country, they were still optimistic that the presidential elections would end in favour of the PDP; that Nigerians refused to be taken for a ride.
Oranezi, who spoke with newsmen at the INEC headquarters Awka, however stated that results were still being collated as at the time of the interview but pointed out that Anambra has always been a PDP state in spite of the alleged connivance of the ruling APC and the APGA government in the state to truncate the votes meant for the PDP. He added that the citizenry refused to be intimidated into voting against their collective wish and aspirations.
He therefore emphasized that what transpired in Anambra and other Southeastern states was a portrayal of the fact that Ndigbo did not pretend when they saw what he described as bad market.
Oranezi also disclosed that the PDP in Anambra state had to audit its activities as well as break the yoke of factionalisation to enable the party to form a united front to win elections again, stressing that it was exactly what happened and that the party currently stands on a solid base in Anambra state even though he took cognisance of the fact that the nomination of former Governor Peter Obi as vice presidential candidate was equally an added impetus for the Peoples Democratic Party.