Chief Chidoka, middle, in a handshake with the national chairman of United Progressive Party, UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie, after collecting his nomination form. Behind Chidoka is his wife.
A frontline contender in the November 18, 2017 Anambra governorship election, Chief Osita Chidoka, last Monday picked his nomination form to contest on the platform of the United Progressive Party (UPP), with a promise to run a modern government if elected.
The former Aviation Minister who was accompanied by a large crowd of political associates and supporters, including women, youth and professional groups, stormed the Secretariat of the UPP where he was received by the National Chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, and other top party functionaries.
Speaking after receiving the form from the National Chairman, Chief Chidoka said he was on a mission to modernize governance in Anambra and to institute a resourceful, creative and transparent government that would restore equality and reintegrate the ordinary citizens of the state who had long been neglected into a functional democracy.
'Anambra people are desirous of a new beginning and the time is now. Our state, with its exceptional human and natural resources, needs a very creative and resourceful government to achieve its full potentials. What we have as governance today is a mere celebration of the ordinary. We want to move away from celebrating the ordinary to instituting a system that works for our people. We want to build a system that provides the opportunity for our innate capacity and potentials as a people, to be fully developed.
'Our model is one that makes sure that the individual is the centre of all government policies and projects. We want a state that is transparent and all-inclusive with a government that ensures that every Anambra person is given the unhindered platform to excel in his chosen sphere of endeavour,' he said.
Stating that he was ready for the poll, Chief Chidoka assured the public that he had the proven capacity, experience and presence of mind to reposition Anambra State, while noting that his major backing was God and the people of Anambra State.
Chidoka said the UPP offered the people of Anambra the genuine platform to achieve their aspirations, including restoring the Igbo voice in Nigeria, which, he pointed out, would be one of his major objectives if elected governor. He added that the UPP was also the ideal platform to achieve a nation that worked for all and where no man would be oppressed, irrespective of creed or ethnic affiliations.
Speaking at the event, the National Chairman, Chief Chekwas Okorie, said Chief Chidoka represented the ideals and manifesto of the UPP. He described Chidoka as the real tiger, the symbol of the party, adding that the party was set to win the November poll.