Nnewi indigenes pledge support for Pres. Jonathan, As Ojukwu’s son promises to represent Ndigbo in reps
The people of Nnewi, an industrial town in Anambra have reiterated their resolve to re-elect President Goodluck Jonathan in office at the forthcoming general elections.
The group at an awareness campaign held on Monday at the premises of Nwafor Orizu, in Otolo ward 1, Nnewi attracted government functionaries, APGA stalwarts and business tycoons.
They also promised to vote in All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) candidates in the March 28 and April 11 general elections in the state.
Mr Nnamsom Nwafor-Orizu, convener of the meeting and the son of the first Senate President of Nigeria, Sen. Nwafor Orizu, said the gathering was to sensitize the people on the forth-coming elections.
Nwafor-Orizu, who is also the state chairman of the Committee on Petroleum, said the meeting was to expose the people to the many development gains under President Jonathan and Gov. Willie Obiano of Anambra.
“President Jonathan’s stay in office has been a period of excellent leadership, transformational governance, all road development across the length and breadth of the country.
“We the people of Nnewi have not been left out in the wind of change that is blowing in the state as we now have more representation in government than ever before under Gov. Obiano” he said.
He said that Obiano had so far appointed more than seven indigenes of area in his administration, flagged off several roads and empowered over 500 Nnewi youths.
The state Commissioner for Information, Culture and Tourism, Chief Tony Onyima, described Nnewi as the spiritual home of APGA and a strategic area for the nation’s industrial growth.
“Nnewi is not only strategic to Anambra but to the entire South-East in particular and Nigeria in general. It is very important that APGA wins the entire national and state assembly seats 100 per cent because the economic and industrial renaissance of the Igbos starts from Nnewi,” he said.
Also speaking, Chief Emeka Ojukwu (Jnr), son of late Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu Ojukwu recalled that his father made a lot of sacrifices in championing the Igbo course.
Ojukwu jnr, who is the APGA House of Representatives candidate for Nnewi North, South and Ekwusigo Federal Constituency pledged to make his own sacrifices, if elected.
“I am going to Abuja to leave a life of servitude for the people of the South-East wherever they are. I am happy we are meeting in the house of late Nwafor-Orizu to renew strength. If elected, I will concentrate on motions that will bother on power to ensure that Nnewi gets constant power supply as the industrial base of the South-East among other things,” he said.
Others who spoke at the event included Mr Ernest Ndukwe, the former Nigeria Communication Commission’s (NCC) boss and APGA senatorial flag bearer for Anambra South.