The presidential candidate of the People’s Democratic Party (PDP) Atiku Abubakar, and his running mate, Sen. Ifeanyi Okowa, weekend honoured the Obi of Onitsha, Igwe Nnaemeka Alfred Achebe, with their presence at his 20th Ofala festival.
The duo of Atiku and Okowa were represented at the event Sen. Ben Obi and the Chairman of United Nigeria Airlines, Prof. Obiora Okonkwo, respectively.
Noting that the event is symbolic, the PDP Presidential and Vice Presidential candidates highlighted that Onitsha’s cultural history is exceptional, historic, and respectable.
Atiku also urged the Obi of Onitsha to continue his peace campaign throughout the country, noting that the traditional ruler is highly detribalized and desires a united and prosperous Nigeria.
He also stated that culture and tradition would play an important role in his efforts to unite Nigeria.
The annual event brings sons and daughters together to pray for peace and progress in the country.
Speaking also at the event, Professor Okonkwo said that with the reception of the people of Onitsha, he has confidence that the city will join other communities in Anambra State to deliver 80 percent of their votes to the PDP party in the February polls.
He assured that the Southeast, and mostly Anambra State, would benefit more from an Atiku/Okowa government and urged the people of Onitsha to remain steadfast in their support of the joint ticket which is hoping to unify the country and make it productive and prosperous again.
“I have seen first-hand the support from the people of Onitsha today, and I can only say that our party, the PDP, is still in the hearts and minds of the Onitsha people. Their support today was more like a carnival, and I am now more confident that the PDP will cruise home to victory in Onitsha and across Anambra State come 2023”, Professor Okonkwo said.
The gathering at the elegant ceremony applauded the People’s Democratic Party presidential and vice presidential candidates as ably represented, and the traditional ruler and other cabinet members gave them a rousing welcome.