An aspirant in the Anambra state gubernatorial election under the platform of People’s Democratic Party (PDP), Dr. Obiora Okonkwo has restated his readiness to wrestle power from the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) if given the ticket.
He acknowledged the seemingly popularity of the ruling party, but claimed he had what it takes to dismantle its strongholds across the state.
Speaking to reporters on Wednesday in Ogidi, Idemili North Local Government Area of the state, the gubernatorial hopeful also expressed confidence in the party to conducting a credible primary.
He said, “I’m not ruling out the popularity of APGA in the state. But we have the joker. We’re the reason why the pendulum must change with all the programmes we’re bringing on board. That’s the reason we’re in the race.
“I have a 100percent belief in PDP organising a credible primary because I know it’s a new PDP and will do the right thing. Besides, I’m on the right track and have been resisting those who are traditional trouble makers, and above all that God is with us.
On what he intended to do differently from other contenders, Okonkwo said, “I’m bringing in a private sector experience, prudence, courage and creativity.
That’s what makes me different from a whole lot of others.
There’s nothing we’re promising we have today in our 10-point agenda that we’re not doing in our own private enterprise.
“We’ve succeeded in the sector with all these attributes and more. These are the things lacking both in the governance of the state and federal. Let someone with an established private sector knowledge come and try.
“That’s why I hope our party will see the value we’re bringing and our capacity to dismantling all the APGA strongholds and guarantee victory for PDP.”
Okonkwo described as shameful the salaries of the civil servants in the state, promising to change the narratives if elected.
“With us, you can’t be talking of minimum wage because there’s nobody in my private establishment that’s earning less than minimum wage, not by law, but by standards.
“I can’t be sitting down negotiating N30,000 to workers which is not even enough. Anambra should be paying more than most states in Nigeria because our individual income level are very high. The parity is too high and must be bridged.”