The Peoples Democratic Party, PDP, Anambra State Chapter, has finally spoken about the just-concluded November 6, 2021 governorship election in Anambra State and why the party didn’t challenge the election result, like the candidate of the All Progressives Congress, APC.
According to the Secretary of the Peoples Democratic Party, Anambra State, Mr. Chukwuebuka Okolie Akirika, the November 6, governorship election in Anambra State was marred by failure of the Bimodal Voter Accreditation System, BVAS. The BVAS failed extensively on that day, but the party did not believe in heating up the polity unnecessarily.
He said the party, however, decided to take it in good faith and rather concentrate on rebuilding the party and to provide Anambra people the opportunity to constructively engage the incoming government by offering credible and alternative opposition through constructive criticisms, such that in the fullness of time, the people would have the opportunity to know that the PDP would have done better than the All Progressives Grand Alliance, APGA.
The PDP advised the governor-elect, Professor Charles Soludo, of the APGA to concentrate more on bringing change to the people rather than on continuity.
Mr Akirika explained that the governor-elect should concentrate on changing the bad policies of the incumbent government, especially financial rascality and imprudence, and make sure that those policies that touch the lives of Ndi Anambra are given priority.
He should not be carried away by projects like building an International Conference Centre, ICC, when for the past eight years; there was no international event in the state.
He also urged Prof. Soludo to reduce his cost of governance and to mould his administration programmes in line with sustainable development goals in the interest of people in the state.
He further charged the governor-elect to pattern his programmes after verifiable development goals so that foreign partners could be attracted to the state and to endeavour to concentrate on projects that will impact meaningfully on the lives of Anambra people.
Recall that on November 10, the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) had declared a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria and candidate of the All Progressives Grand Alliance, Prof Charles Soludo, as the winner of the Anambra State governorship election.