The All Progressives Congress (APC) on Tuesday kicked off its campaign for the party’s governorship candidate in Anambra, Senator Chris Ngige.
The Anambra governorship election is slated for November 16.
In spite of the heavy rain, APC supporters thronged the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity, Onitsha, venue of the campaign.
The APC leader, Asiwaju Bola Tinubu, hailed the people of the state for turning out en mass to witness the commencement of Ngige’s campaign.
Tinubu described “Ngige as a tested and trusted candidate for the governorship seat of the state”, and urged the people not to relent in their support for Mr. Ngige.
He said that their support would get Mr. Ngige back to Government House, Awka, to continue the programmes which had been stalled in the past seven years in the state.
In his remarks, Governor Adams Oshiomhole of Edo said that Mr. Ngige was a product that did not require advertisement.
“For the challenges confronting Anambra, you don’t need to try a new person; you need a tested and experienced person like Ngige.
“Ngige by his training is committed to saving lives and not making profit. I have come to identify with my friend and comrade, knowing that Anambra will change for the better,” Mr. Oshiomhole said.
On his part, Governor Kayode Fayemi of Ekiti stressed the need for the people of the state to elect a governor that had been tried and tested.
“Don’t forget that Ngige was a civil servant and as a public servant today, he will never forget his antecedent,” Mr. Fayemi said.
He also urged the electorate to protect their votes after voting.
Speaking in the same vein, Governor Rochas Okorocha of Imo, said: “I have seen that the hand of God is in this man. This is a man that ended godfatherism in Anambra.
“Ngige’s victory has been signed, sealed and delivered,” Mr. Okorocha said.
In his address, the man of the moment, Mr. Ngige promised to provide free education, free antenatal services to pregnant women, and construct an airport at Anambra North Senatorial District if voted into power.
“Today, there are lot of kidnapping, armed robbery and other vices.
“Our people no longer come back from Lagos and other places. We are going to sweep away kidnappers and robbers.
“I am coming back to give you people quality road; I do not say what I cannot do,” Mr. Ngige, who currently represents Anambra Central in the Senate, said.
Mr. Tinubu presented Mr. Ngige’s running mate, Raphael Okeke, a two-time House of Representative member to party supporters.
The campaign was also attended by Ogbonnaya Onu, a former National Chairman of the defunct All Nigeria Peoples Party, ANPP, APC interim National Chairman, Chief Bisi Akande and Chief Tom Ikimi.