The second term bid of Anambra State Governor, Chief Willie Obiano, has received a boost with a mobilisation campaign embarked upon by women under the aegis of Umuada Anambra in Port-Harcourt Rivers State.
This follows the inauguration of the Supporters Club on Friday at Genesis International Hotel, Rumuogba in Port Harcourt.
Speaking at the nauguration of the socio-cultural organization, the former First Lady of Imo State, Mrs. Frances Ikwechegh, said the Umuada Anambra initiative is a good programme for the sustenance of the continuity tradition which has placed Anambra ahead of other states.
She noted that Obiano has done very well and has maintained the virtues of integrity and perseverance which qualifies him for re-election.
“I recall years ago when I couldn’t go home to Anambra because of bad roads. But beginning with Ngige and continued by Obi, we can see that Obiano has taken the development of Anambra to a whole new level.
“It is important that he is allowed to consolidate the good work he is doing in security, agriculture and new infrastructure development. I am not political, but was seduced to come here because Willie is working.
“I can only advise APGA not to rest on their laurels and should take this mobilisation to the grass roots. I am fantastically and inordinately proud of Anambra.” Ikwechegh enthused.
Addressing the well-attended gathering of Umuada Anambra in Port-Harcourt and their husbands, Wife of the Governor of Anambra state, Chief (Mrs.) Ebelechukwu Obiano (Osodieme) represented by a Senior Special Assistant, Hon. Emeka Ozumba, commended the Umuada for leading the crusade for re-election of her husband.
She urged them to reach out to many other groups of Ndi Anambra beyond Port Harcourt to ensure that Obiano completes the good work he is doing in Anambra State.
Obiano’s wife noted the enthusiasm and commitment displayed by the Umuada as well as the endorsements of the governor by the special guests and urged them to harness the strengths in their mobilization campaign for Ndi Anambra everywhere to come home and vote.
“I am proud of you all for what you are doing because you believe that Anambra is on the right track under Obiano. The fact is that I can attest to his preparedness and commitment to developing the state further in the years ahead. Nothing in Anambra happens by chance.
“Aside the widely acknowledged security of lives and property, we are all witnesses to the massive transformation in Agriculture under his 4-Pillars of Economic Development. Today, Anambra rice is real, we have moved from producing 80,000metric tonnes to 322,000metric tonnes of rice per annum.”
Mrs. Obiano told the Umuada to spread the message of Obiano’s exploits in infrastructural development like the transformation of Awka, the state capital, N20m Community Choose Yourself Project which helped Anambra fight recession, the empowerment of women, and employment of the physically challenged.
She also highlighted the support of her NGO, Caring Family Enhancement Initiative (CAFÉ) for her husband’s programmes.
She said it has empowered 2600 women, youths and indigent widows; built 10 houses for widows: 11 toilets in rural markets across the state to promote hygiene; and free limbs to 1300 persons amongst other programmes; and urged them to sustain the mobilisation campaign.
In his remarks, former governorship aspirant and Leader of Independent Media Support Organisation, Comrade Harris Chuma (Ogene), told the Umuada that Obiano has earned a second term by his performance.
He described the mobilisation campaign as a clarion call to Ndi Anambra to embrace Willie Obiano and sustain the tradition of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) beyond the state.
He noted the deliberate attempts to put APGA down and prevent it from expanding across the South-East but gave the assurance that the party would definitely spread and ultimately become a platform for Igbo renaissance in the same way Sen. Bola Ahmed Tinubu’s patience under the onslaught of reactionary forces eventually led the South-West to the federal seat of power after several political alliances which coalesced under the ACP.
Earlier in her Welcome Address, the Coordinator-General, Umuada Anambra in Port Harcourt, Lolo Amaka James Iyke, affirmed that Governor Willie Obiano’s performance in three and half years has earned him re-election.
She reeled out his achievements in security, agriculture, infrastructure, regular payment of salaries and pensions as a few of the reasons that convinced the organisation to back Obiano.
In her words: “we have always prayed that God should bless Anambra with a responsive and responsible leader, and He favourably answered our prayers in Chief Willie Obiano. That is why we are working and reaching out to Ndi Anambra to re-elect him.”
Umuada Anambra in Port-Harcourt is a socio-cultural club made up of a group of women of substance, whose membership cuts across different sectors.
This includes captains of industry, business women and philanthropists, with a resolve to work for the re-election of the governor and ensure that the progress made so far in the state is not truncated.