The Association of Past President-Generals of Anambra State (APPAS) have agreed to back Valentine Ozigbo as their sole candidate for the 2021 Anambra State Governorship election.
This decision to formally endorse him at a date to be communicated was made known on Wednesday, December 16, 2020 after a meeting between Ozigbo and over 200 members of APPAS held at Seagate Hotel, Awka, the capital of Anambra State. On the date of the formal endorsement, the Association made it clear that Mr. Ozigbo would be invited to sign a pact with them on good governance.
The National President of APPAS, Mazi Omife. I. Omife (MON), the Mbuze of Mbaukwu revealed that the group came to the decision after a careful analysis of more than 40 aspirants who have indicated interest in the Anambra State governorship election.
Others who spoke on behalf of their respective zones were Chief Chukwuma Chukwukeme (Ekwulimili) and Chief Dr. Ignatius Nnubia (Ihembosi), who spoke on behalf of Anambra South Senatorial Zone; Chief Paul Ogudo (Nibo) and Okwy Ofejimalu (Okpuno), representing Anambra Central Senatorial Zone; Chief Osita Ononuju (Amiyi) and Mr. Peter Nwagu (Onitsha) who spoke on behalf Anambra North Central.
Furthermore,the PGs clearly said that APPAS was convinced that Ozigbo had the right skillset, qualities, and character to lead the state to greatness.The group declared that a closer look at Ozigbo’s track record would show a trailblazing pattern of excellence from his 17-year stint in the banking industry to his time as MD/CEO of Transcorp Hotels which saw the hotel emerge as the number one destination in Africa, a feat that saw him appointed as the President and Group CEO of the Transcorp Plc, Nigeria’s largest shareholder-based conglomerate.
Reacting to the decision to endorse him, Ozigbo said that he was “humbled, elated, and inspired” to be so recognized by the respected group. He expressed confidence in their judgement and promised to live up to the expectations required of him.
Speaking to journalists, He revealed that he was gaining increasing acceptability, both at the grassroot and within the PDP, which is an indication of the confidence reposed on him and his ability to deliver.
The respected business leader said that what Anambra needs is a trusted Chief Executive capable of managing resources and the industrious people of the state. He added that he believes he has the requisite knowledge to make sure that things get better.