The Anambra State chapter of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) has berated Governor Willie Obiano for using the name of the late Igbo leader, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu, to campaign for the November 18 governorship poll.
In a statement in Awka, the state capital, the PDP Chairman, Mr. Kenneth Emeakayi, described the governor’s action as nauseating and deceitful. He said Obiano was unwittingly saying that he had not achieved anything in the past three years that could earn him electoral victory without climbing on Ojukwu’s back.
He said: “During the campaigns for the 2010 election, major streets of Anambra were flooded with a particular billboard bearing the photograph of our great leader, Ojukwu, raising the hand of former Governor Peter Obi, with an inscription: ‘This is my last wish’.
“Having won the 2010 governorship election, the APGA government under Peter Obi erected and hoisted new billboards in all the major streets of Anambra State, to honour and to immortalise the pride and symbol of the Igbo nation, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu.
“Similarly, every single billboard and APGA campaign materials for the 2013 governorship election in Anambra had the photograph of Odumegwu-Ojukwu, and APGA leveraged heavily on Ojukwu’s name to win the election.”
Emeakayi added: “Disappointingly, as soon as Chief Willie Obiano became the governor on March 17, 2014, all the billboards bearing the photograph of Ojukwu disappeared from the streets of Anambra State.
“Just about six months to another governorship election in the state, the Obiano-led APGA administration suddenly remembered the name, Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu. Billboards are now being hoisted, while government-owned vehicles are branded with Ojukwu’s photograph.
“Amazingly, Governor Obiano in three years did not complete any single project in Dim Chukwuemeka Odumegwu-Ojukwu’s home town of Nnewi.”