#AnambraDecides: Osita Chidoka Concedes Defeat, ‘Salutes’ Supporters

Osita Chidoka

Governorship candidate of the United Progressives Party, Mr Osita Chidoka, has conceded defeat in Saturday’s governorship election.

Mr Chidoka, a former Minister of Aviation and ex-Corps Marshall of the Federal Road Safety Corps, wished the governor-elect well and thanked his supporters for standing by him.

“We thank all our volunteers, party loyalists and teeming supporters from across the state; courageous men and women who laboured tirelessly to give wings to our dream. I salute you all,” he said in a statement on Sunday afternoon, a few hours before INEC announced the final results.

In the statement, Mr Chidoka defended his campaign and his intention for the people.

“Our campaign attracted the finest and brightest of Anambra. The bold and the courageous were with us as we exerted our best in running the most robust issue-based and technology-driven campaign in the history of our dear state,” he said.

“We attempted to change the course of events and chart a new beginning for our state. We believed and we dared; we engaged with all patriotic vigour as we held strongly that the long-awaited time for our people to experience a new opportunity had come and we laboured for it.”

Due to a strong distrust of politicians, Mr Chidoka believes the people shunned him for “highest bidder”.

He said, “From the ballots, we heard the voice of our people. We heard it loud and clear. On November 18 our people announced strongly their rejection of politicians. They traded their votes because they doubted we would truly represent their interest.

“While our message resonated with the people they doubted that the political class cared about them. They voted for the highest bidder.”

Regardless, he explained that his focus was the people, “the forgotten, the poor and disadvantaged”.

“They were the prime impetus for our involvement. We beheld their agony and we strived to redirect and vent that energy through a genuine political process. We heard the complaints of our people and we worked to redirect them from the streets to the ballot box,” he said.

“Upon that pedestal, we rejected god-fatherism and money politics. Instead, we made personal sacrifices and worked with small donations and goodwill of a few good men and women. Our campaign started and remained issues-based. We attacked no persons; we looked up in faith because we believed.”

Having lost the election, polling 7,903 votes across the 21 local government areas of the state, Mr Chidoka said he would retreat but not surrender.

“The election, with all its evident flaws, has come and gone, but now that we have engaged in the political process, we will remain engaged. We will retreat for now but we shall not surrender.

“We wish the Governor-elect a successful tenure, but we will still be available to point out the way and provide credible alternatives for our people.”
The UPP candidate vowed to stay the cause despite his loss.

“We are not discouraged but shall continue to propagate our message of a new Anambra. We shall continue on the course for which we went into the race and we shall continue to believe and work until that new Anambra of our dream is born,” he said.

#AnambraDecides: We Will Retreat But We Won’t Surrender, Says Chidoka

Anambra Election, A Referendum On Our Future – Chidoka
Osita Chidoka

The Candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP) at the Anambra governorship election, Osita Chidoka has given his declaration concerning the November 19 election saying the party will retreat for now but will not surrender.

In a statement released on Sunday, November 11, Chidoka said through the election, the voice of the people has been heard.

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He said although the election was characterised by flaws, and it has come and gone,  it will be on record that the UPP engaged in the political process and will remain engaged, adding that, “We will retreat for now but we shall not surrender.”

Read Full Statement below:

Declaration Of The Candidate Of The United Progressive Party (UPP), Chief Osita Chidoka On The Outcome Of The November 18, 2017 Anambra Governorship Election.

On September 30, 2017, we officially flagged-off our campaigns for the election. That event at Uli, the remarkable site of the historic Biafra Airport remains significant to our people in our collective search for a new beginning.

Our campaign attracted the finest and brightest of Anambra. The bold and the courageous were with us as we exerted our best in running the most robust issue-based and technology-driven campaign in the history of our dear state.

We attempted to change the course of events and chart a new beginning for our state. We believed and we dared; we engaged with all patriotic vigour as we held strongly that the long-awaited time for our people to experience a new opportunity had come and we labored for it.

In all, our focus was the people; the forgotten, the poor and the disadvantaged. They were the prime impetus for our involvement. We beheld their agony and we strived to redirect and vent that energy through a genuine political process. We heard the complaints of our people and we worked to redirect them from the streets to the ballot box.

Upon that pedestal, we rejected god-fatherism and money politics. Instead, we made personal sacrifices and worked with small donations and goodwill of a few good men and women. Our campaign started and remained issues-based. We attacked no persons; we looked up in faith because we believed.

But from the ballots, we heard the voice of our people. We heard it loud and clear. On November 18 our people announced strongly their rejection of politicians. They traded their votes because they doubted we would truly represent their interest. While our message resonated with the people they doubted that the political class cared about them. They voted for the highest bidder.

When by Thursday a large percentage of our supporters insisted that they will not vote unless we paid, I insisted we will not pay for votes. The decision not to pay ended our good run. We accept the voters’ decision. We also heard our people, by their turnout and transactional approach, as they took sides with our Party’s considered view that the issue of justice, equity and fairness should be canvassed within Nigeria.

In all, we hold our heads high; high because we did not lose the poll due to the paucity of ideas or lack of “structure”. We lost to superior financial firepower. As Democrats, we concede to the voters’ choices. The true hallmark of democracy is the respect for the voice of the ballot as that of the majority.

But the inner truth is that we won! We won at the most important place; in the hearts of people; our people who saw us toil and push in the arena against all odds; who saw the sincerity of our mission and gave all in support of our quest for collective good. We salute you for your support and personal sacrifices to the campaign.

We therefore make no apologies for our decision to refrain from money politics and chart a new course for a clean, knowledge-based campaign driven by patriotism. We make no apologies for our campaign philosophies and our positions on momentous issues that directly affect our people. We are proud to have spoken for them.

However, an important issue has come out of this election. This election represented a referendum on our future. No matter the number that came out to vote, they have made the choice and we do hope that the future we all envisioned for our children and us has not been mortgaged by their action.

The election, with all its evident flaws has come and gone, but now that we have engaged in the political process, we will remain engaged.  We will retreat for now but we shall not surrender. We wish the Governor-elect a successful tenure, but we will still be available to point out the way and provide credible alternatives for our people.

Finally, we thank all our volunteers, party loyalists and teeming supporters from across the state; courageous men and women who laboured tirelessly to give wings to our dream. I salute you all. We are not discouraged but shall continue to propagate our message of a new Anambra. We shall continue on the course for which we went into the race and we shall continue to believe and work until that new Anambra of our dream is born.

Thank you and God bless Anambra State.

 

#AnambraDecides: Why People Didn’t Vote For UPP – Chidoka

Anambra Debate: 10 Top Quotes From Osita Chidoka
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Candidate of the United Progressive Party (UPP), Mr Osita Chidoka, has revealed why the people of Anambra refused to vote for his party in the just concluded governorship election in the state.

In a declaration issued on Sunday, a day after the poll took place, Chidoka attributed his party’s defeat to the distrust the people have for politicians.

“From the ballots, we heard the voice of our people – we heard it loud and clear,” he said. “On November 18, our people announced strongly their rejection of politicians.”

“They traded their votes because they doubted we would truly represent their interest. While our message resonated with the people, they doubted that the political class cared about them; they voted for the highest bidder,” he added.

READ ALSO: APGA’s Obiano Secures Second Term By Landslide Victory

Chidoka, a former minister of aviation and former Corps Marshal of the Federal Road Safety Corps, said some people demanded money to vote for him.

He, however, said his party declined to grant such request, adding that UPP’s agenda was to promote justice and equity in Anambra and Nigeria in general.

“When by Thursday, November 16, a large percentage of our supporters insisted that they will not vote unless we paid, I insisted we will not pay for votes. The decision not to pay ended our good run – we accept the voters’ decision. We also heard our people, by their turnout and transactional approach, as they took sides with our party’s considered view that the issue of justice, equity and fairness should be canvassed within Nigeria,” he said.

“In all, we hold our heads high – high because we did not lose the poll due to paucity of ideas or lack of “structure”; we lost to superior financial firepower. As democrats, we concede to the voters’ choices. The true hallmark of democracy is the respect for the voice of the ballot as that of the majority.”

The former minister further said his party won at the most important place; in the hearts of people who saw the sincerity of their mission and gave all in support of the quest for collective good.

He also thanked party faithful for their support and personal sacrifices to the campaign, saying the poll was a referendum on the future of the state.

He said: “An important issue has come out of this election; this election represented a referendum on our future. No matter the number that came out to vote, they have made the choice and we do hope that the future we all envisioned for our children and us has not been mortgaged by their action.

“We, therefore, make no apologies for our decision to refrain from money politics and chart a new course for a clean, knowledge-based campaign driven by patriotism. We make no apologies for our campaign philosophies and our positions on momentous issues that directly affect our people; we are proud to have spoken for them.”

Anambra Tribunal Declares Senator Ekwunife Winner

EkwunifeSenator Uche Ekwunife, representing Anambra Central Senatorial zone, has been declared winner of the March 28 Senatorial Election by the National Assembly Election Petition Tribunal sitting in Awka, Anambra State.

Justice Naiyi Aganaba, who read the over 2-hour judgment held that the petitioners, Victor Umeh of the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA) and APGA failed to establish their case which they hinged on alleged mutilations and incorrect figures from which INEC declared Senator Ekwunife winner of the senatorial election.

The court also struck out the relief sought by Mr Umeh, urging the court to declare him winner on the grounds that he got the highest number of lawful votes cast.

Concluding the judgment, Justice Aganaba ruled that the petitioners failed to prove their case beyond reasonable doubt as to have the election nullified and insisted that it lacked merit.

Senator Uche Ekwunife, reacting to her victory, commended the judiciary for restoring hope, once again, to the common man and said that the judgment was a reflection of the wishes of the people.

Earlier, the tribunal had nullified the result of the PDP candidate for Anaocha/Dunukofia/Njikoka Federal Constituency, Prince Emeka Eze and declared the APGA candidate, Mr Dozie Nwankwo, winner of the House of Representatives election.

Tankers Responsible For 30 percent Of Road Accidents – FRSC

The Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC) has attributed 30 percent of road accidents to tankers while 40 percent of deaths are caused by same.

Corps Marshall, Osita Chidoka made the disclosure while meeting with top officials of the Total group on the challenges posed by oil tankers to lives and property.

Mr Chidoka urged oil companies to take responsibility for their tankers.

He said FRSC is working to reverse this trend where the trucking industry has become a deadly menace on Nigerian roads.