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I got exposed to leadership while living in state house – Ekwueme’s daughter



I got exposed to leadership while living in state house - Ekwueme's daughter

The governorship aspirant of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) in the November 6 election in Anambra State, Lady Chidi Onyemelukwe on Monday said she had what it takes to transform Anambra state if given the opportunity.

Onyemelukwe, daughter to Nigeria’s first Vice President, late Dr. Alex Ekwueme said her stay in the state house during the 4-year reign of her father exposed her to nitty gritty of leadership.

Speaking with reporters in Awka, the guber hopeful insisted that leadership was not a tea party, stressing that those aspiring to be governor of the state should be ready to work and pay the supreme price if need be.

She said, “For me, I’m the only one in the race that understands the nitty gritty of what leadership is. As a child, I lived in the state house and my dad was working round the clock. Even before he became the VP, he’s always been hard-working.

“We sacrificed him to Nigeria and I think people don’t realize it. That 1979-1983 ended with a coup. For the next three years, I didn’t see my dad.

“Those gunning for leadership must be ready to pay the supreme price. You can’t afford to travel abroad anyhow. I’m ready to pay the supreme price as long as I’m in God’s perfect will.

Asked how prepared she was to surmount the challenge of money politics in the state, Onyemelukwe, who ran a joint ticket with the PDP candidate, Oseloka Obaze in the 2017 governorship election, expressed optimism that such would not constitute challenge.

She added, “I’m hoping that with what that happened in recent years, people now know better. We have to look at the long term. Last year thought us big lessons about our preparedness for emergencies.

“I believe that an average Anambra man will know he’ll be doing himself harm by collecting money and mortgaging his life and destiny. He should realize that those who overspend will definitely recoup it, and that of course will be from the state coffers.

“The fact that you have money don’t make you a governor. It’s all about sacrifice, and not all about glamour, siren and people carrying your bag and even you sometimes.”

Profile: From Ozuitem, Bende Local government Area of Anambra State. Political science (B. Sc) from Nnamdi Azikiwe University, Awka & Business Administration (Diploma) from the University of Calabar. Email him at

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