President Goodluck Jonathan in company of his deputy, Alhaji Namadi Sambo; National Chairman of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Alhaji Bamanga Tukur and some of the president's aides are to personally lead the campaign of the PDP slated for this weekend in Anambra State as the November 16 governorship election draws closer.
Also, last weekend, candidate of the PDP, Nicholas Ukachukwu, stormed Awka, the state capital, to a tumultuous welcome amidst fanfare by party faithful.
Although the state of the PDP candidate for the election had hitherto remained contentious and subject to court adjudication between Ukachukwu and Tony Nwoye, factional PDP chairman, Ken Emeakayi, said the PDP had finally forwarded Ukachukwu's name to the Independent National Electoral Commission(INEC) as its candidate.
It is against this backdrop that President Jonathan, his aides, PDP governors, ministers, ambassadors, party stalwarts and notable Nigerians have elected to be in Awka coming weekend for the commencement of the party’s campaign.
Emeakayi, while addressing PDP supporters who had gathered at the state capital on Saturday to receive Ukachukwu, at the Emmaus House premises, said Tukur and members of the National Working Committee (NWC) took the decision on Thursday and Friday respectively.
He claimed to have attended the meeting alongside Nwoye, Ukachukwu, Arthur Eze, Senator Andy Uba and National Publicity Secretary of the party, Chief Olisa Metuh, in Abuja where Ukachukwu was given the mandate to fly the party’s flag.
“Our job is code named 'Operation deliver your booth and not your ward'. I have been waiting to see the person who will deliver PDP to victory and that moment is here. During the meeting with Tukur and others including all those who vied for the governorship ticket of our great party in the state, we were told that we had a candidate in state whose name appeared on the list of the INEC.
“That is why I am here to introduce him to all of you who have been patient all the while. His name is Prince Nicholas Ukachukwu (Ikukuoma-Wind of glory) and his deputy is a prince in Onitsha and a lawyer, Prince Dr. Harold Ekwerekwu," the chairman said.
In his brief remark, Ukachukwu, who was dressed in a flowing babanriga, a cap and a black pair of shoes to match, beamed with smiles as he told the crowd that he was overwhelmed and announced that the president and the PDP big wigs would soon be in the state to commence the PDP campaigns.
Ukachukwu who was full of praises of the president promised to introduce free education and scholarship scheme in the state once he becomes the governor, adding that his focal point would be security, job creation, peace for all citizens, while agriculture and business loan would be given to all citizens.
He also inaugurated all PDP members as potential campaign coordinators, canvassers and grassroots mobilisers, saying he has all it takes to govern an "A" state like Anambra, and to take her to the next level.
He seized the opportunity of the occasion to distribute job placement forms from the federal government in conjunction with the SURE-P programme of the government, free of charge, adding that the Jonathan administration has done well for the people and would continue to do more.
“You can see that no one losses. President Jonathan has done well for the county. He has made a lot of sacrifices for the unity of this country. His agenda is our agenda. He loves Anambra State. Everybody should work hard to ensure that our party triumphs at the polls,” he said.