Ekwueme urged the people to support the party’s candidate, Obaze, and his deputy, Mrs. Chidi Onyemelukwe, to reclaim power.
Ekwueme, a founding member of the party, who led other PDP chieftains including Sen. Ahmed Markafi, its National Caretaker Committee Chairman, at the flag-off of the campaign in Onitsha on Monday, described Obaze as “the best for Anambra”.
Ekwueme described Anambra as the “home of PDP”, and recalled that the party, in 1999, won 19 out of 21 local government areas, three senatorial seats and 28 out of 30 State House of Assembly seats.
He said that Mr Peter Obi’s victory, on the platform of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA), in 2006, took the party to a “political wilderness”, saying that Obi won because of indiscipline and selfishness of PDP members.
“The good thing is that Obi is back to PDP to help rebuild the party; we are here today to reclaim what belongs to us,” he said.
Ekwueme urged the people to support the party’s candidate, Obaze, and his deputy, Mrs. Chidi Onyemelukwe, to reclaim power and place the state in the national mainstream of governance.
In his remarks, Makarfi, who handed the party’s flag to Obaze, emphasised the need to reconcile aggrieved members.
He said that the PDP was a national party that was well positioned to solve the problems of Nigerians as it had never been known to differentiate along tribal or other sectional lines.
“There are many students today, who cannot pay their school fees; there are also many graduates who cannot get employed after school.
“We assure you that if elected, PDP will provide job opportunities and ensure quality education for everyone.
“The manifesto of Obaze will ensure massive development of the state and Anambra people will be happy. We want PDP members to close ranks to ensure victory for the party,” Markafi said.
On his part, Obaze said that the party’s mission was to take back Government House, Awka, and regretted that Anambra was broke “in spite of massive resources”.
He particularly regretted that Anambra, which used to be the first in the country in public examinations, had slipped to sixth position, while allowances given to old people had been stopped.
The PDP governorship candidate promised to hand power back to the people, and urged those who felt hurt by the outcome of the primary elections, to join him to unseat Obiano.
Other PDP top shots, who graced the flag-off, included Sen. Ben Obi, Secretary, PDP National Caretaker Committee, National Women Leader, Hajia Hadiza Yusuf, National Vice Chairman, South East, Mr Austin Umahi, among others.