Former aviation minister and frontline contender in the November 18, 2017 Anambra Governorship election, Chief Osita Chidoka on Tuesday resumed tours and commissioning of his campaign offices, as well as consolidation of his political structures in all the 326 electoral wards across the state.
Chief Chidoka who has since set up campaign offices and political structures in all the 21 local government areas across the state, out of which he has already toured and commissioned 12, announced that the remaining tours are dedicated to victims of the gruesome gun attack at St. Philips Catholic Church Ozubulu, Anambra state.
Speaking while commissioning his campaign office in Atani in Ogbaru Local Government, Chief Chidoka who led his supporters to hold prayers and a minute’s silence in honour of the victims insisted that their suffering and death must not be in vain but must be the “clarion call on all citizens of Anambra to stand up in one accord against any order that nurtures, promotes and endorses impunity and recklessness in our state”.
Chief Chidoka who is contesting on the platform of the United Progressive Party (UPP), said the incident is a clear indication of the erosion of values, moral standard and failure of leadership in the state adding that nobody should rest until those responsible for the Ozubulu attack and similar killings in the state are brought to book.
Stating that the coming election offers the people of Anambra the opportunity to institute a responsible and resourceful government that dedicates its energies to the good of the ordinary people, Chidoka lamented the level of government neglect and dearth of amenities in the Ogbaru area despite the rich natural resources and the commitment and contribution of the people towards the state.
“The level of government neglect here is very alarming. The failure of the government to open up the economic potentials of Ogbaru is unexplainable and unforgivable. Ogbaru is blessed with huge gas deposit, fertile land for agricultural activities, abundant aquatic resources and a waterway that connects the inland of our state to the rest of the world, yet we have done nothing to develop the resources for the benefit of our people. Clearly the people of Ogbaru have not been treated well”, Chidoka lamented.
He said his government will set up a special development programme to unlock the economic potentials of Ogbaru and other such areas across the state.
Chief Chidoka who later in the day commissioned his campaign office in Onitsha South Local Government, also restated the vision of his government to modernize markets in the state and boost small scale businesses with aids and international connection. He said the era where the benefits of government are restricted to a privileged few must come to an end.
Speaking at the event, a woman leader in the area, Mrs. Roselyn Okafor commended Chief Chidoka for his commitment and dedication to the developmental needs of the ordinary people. He said of all the aspirants, only Chief Chidoka is genuinely in touch with the people at the grassroot level, while sincerely championing the course of the ordinary people in the state.