Labour Party (LP) Presidential Candidate, Peter Obi, Abia State Governor, Alex Otti and the LP National Chairman, Julius Abure, among other party members on Tuesday stormed Owerri , Imo State for the party’s governorship campaign flag-off.
Obi, a former governor of Anambra State and Alex Otti among others were received by the party’s governorship candidate Senator Athan Achonu and other LP chieftains at the event.
Speaking during the flag-off which witnessed a large turnout of party members and supporters, the Abia State Governor, Alex Otti maintained that the Labour Party has only one authentic candidate and the full weight of the party is with him.
Otti said, “I’m here as a witness. I conducted the only accepted party primary that produced Athan Achonu as the Governorship Candidate for Imo LP. We have only one candidate and the full weight of the party is with him.”
Also speaking, Peter Obi said Labour Party’s Athan Achonu will address the state’s challenges if elected.
He further said “We know what it takes to change Nigeria, so we pleaded with Imo people to give him their support. Today we are here to launch the campaign flag-off and unveiling of Achonu’s manifesto.”
Addressing the rally, the governorship candidate of the party in Imo State, Achonu promised that if elected, the Labour Party government in Imo State will among other things, focus on job creation, wealth creation, provision of infrastructure such as roads, water, and electricity .as well as the creation.
He said, “On November 11, 2023, Imo citizens would have the opportunity to elect a new governor to steer the affairs.
Against the background of the recent massacre of innocent citizens, kidnapping, and the wanton destruction of property in our dear State, the forthcoming election would provide Imolites an opportunity to reverse the current trajectory of inept and ineffective governance that has practically destroyed the hopes and aspirations of our people.
“As widely acknowledged, the basic indices for measuring human development have largely been in retrogression: Before the advent of the APC administration, Imo was a very peaceful and progressive State on the threshold of economic resurgence and prosperity.
“Unfortunately, we have witnessed in the recent past a descent to anarchy and lawlessness that has turned vast swathes of our homeland into abandoned spaces for criminality. Today, Ndi Imo no longer visit their villages, and traditional ceremonies such as burials and weddings now hold outside the homeland;
”As a consequence, the economy of Imo State has collapsed resulting in capital flight, divestment, and business failures; Our healthcare delivery system remains severely challenged and incapable of providing access to affordable care for our people.