By O’star Eze
Honourable Barrister Chibunna John Okoli-Akirika, chairman, Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), Publicity Committee, Atiku/Obi Campaign Organisation, Anambra State insists that Nigerians should vote PDP because the party fields the best candidates and is the only party that can protect Igbo interest.
Okoli-Akirika said this while interacting with the press after the grand reception of Mr Peter Obi as the vice presidential candidate of the PDP by his teeming supporters and the entire Anambra State, which was preceded by an interdenominational prayer service at Emmaus House, Awka.
“APGA, is not a national party and this is why their members are not proud of their presidential candidate,” he said.
“There was never a division in the PDP. There are bound to be controversies among every group of people. But what is important is what those involved make out of it and if it takes them further towards their ideal.
“Today, all the candidates from the state house of assembly to federal house of senate are here. All the PDP members from the wards, the local government areas, up to the state level and even from the national level are here.
The interdenominational service was officiated over by Alexander Ibezim, Anglican Bishop of Awka diocese. Prayers were said for the nation, the president and all political holders as well as for the forthcoming general elections for God to aid the people choose the right persons to take over reins of power politically.
In his sermon, Ibezim assured supporters of PDP and Atiku Abubakar/ Peter Obi presidential bid that with prayers, the Lord can grant them favour and make the PDP presidential candidates win the election.
Ibezim said that “the unstable economic political and insecurity that characterized our polity remained discouraging but the Lord has continued to give the people hope.
“Thank God we are not consumed. That we saw this new beginning is an eloquent testimony that the lord is not through with us,” he said.
Continuing, Ibezim said, “Prayer is the force that moves the invisible hand of God to action.” Citing the account of Nehemiah who prayed when the walls of Jerusalem were broken down, and the Lord granted him favour, he said that as Nigeria prays, God will grant the people favour in the new dispensation.
“It is our prayer that the lord will heal Nigeria,” Ibezim said.
He assured the people that nothing is too hard for God to do if we take it to Him in prayer enjoining all Christians to pray always and diligently for servant leaders in the new dispensation.
“Our country needs servant leaders. It is not about lobbying for position of power. It is sad that servant leaders are fast disappearing from earth. Many don’t have the fear of God. Let us pray to God to give us leaders that are God fearing,” Ibezim said.
Ibezim opined that people in position of power no longer care for the majority of the people. He said that “Nigeria is characterised by underdevelopment occasioned by corruption.” Nigeria has stunted growth. Singapore and several other countries have gone ahead. But Nigeria remains backward.
Senator Ben Ndy Obi, in his vote of thanks, observed that it is everyone’s duty to find men and women of God that will rescue the country. “When the righteous lead the people, the people rejoice.” Obi said.
Oseloka Obaze, chairman, Campaign Council for Atiku/Obi Presidential Campaign Organisation, on his part, opined that Nigerian government works negatively and must be changed.
“We are now the poverty capital of the world. Trust and patriotism no longer exist among our people. More children are out of school today than three years ago. If we fail to vote out the ruling government, the nation is doomed.
“We are here because we have never had such a good team to rule Nigeria. Peter Obi is our son in whom we are well pleased. We are confident that with his record of service, he will do well as a vice president.
“We owe no one apology for supporting Peter Obi. Those who repudiate Peter Obi repudiate Igbo interest. Return PDP to power to rescue,” he said.
It was a roll call of Anambra State PDP stalwarts both those in political positions and candidates. Chief Ndubuisi Obuka Nwobu, PDP Anambra State Chairman; Rt Hon Chukwuka Onyema, Minority Leader at the Federal House of Representatives; Chris Uba, Senatorial Candidate, Anambra South; Iyom Uche Ekwunife, Senatorial Candidate, Anambra Central; Dr Uzochukwu Obiora Chira, PDP candidate for Federal House of Representatives, Oyi/Ayamelum Federal Constituency were among those present at the event. Mr Peter was nearly mobbed by the crowd of people that came out to welcome him numbering over 20,000. He and his wife, Mrs Margret Obi were also laid hands on by the clergy men.