From Fred Ezeh, Abuja
United Progress Party (UPP) yesterday presented a certificate of return and other related documents that validates the candidacy of Osita Chidoka as the party’s standard bearer in the November 18th governorship election in Anambra state.
Chidoka polled 1,222 votes to emerge winner of the UPP primary election held on August 19th in Awka. He defeated his closest opponent, Chudi Offodile who polled 87 out of 1, 473 accredited delegates.
The National Chairman of UPP, Chief Chekwas Okorie, who presented the certificate to the standard bearer at the party’s headquarters in Abuja expressed confidence in the ability of the former Minister of Aviation to unseat the incumbent and transform the state.
Okorie reminded the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC) of its earlier commitment to execute the election with the upgraded card reader device that would efficiently transmit results straight from the polling units.
He demanded the strong presence of officials of the Economic and Financial Crime Commission (EFCC) out of fear that “desperate” politicians might use money to lure electorates.
In his acceptance speech, Chidoka, the former Corp Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps (FRSC) thanked the eaders and members of the party for finding him worthy and capable of flying the party’s flag at the forthcoming governorship polls.
He appealed to voters to support his vision to ‘restore the lost glory and dignity of the state’, with a promise to restore the dignity of the state and introduce prosperity to the people.