Peter Obi, the former Labour Party presidential candidate from the 2023 election, is gearing up for a significant political event in Imo State. Scheduled for Wednesday, Obi will be joining forces with Athan Achonu, the Labour Party’s gubernatorial candidate for the upcoming Imo State gubernatorial election in November.
The event is set to take place in the Orlu zone of the state and is part of the LP’s ongoing campaign efforts to secure the support of the state’s voters.
A statement released in Owerri by Chibuikem Diala, the Director of Media and Publicity for Athan Achonu, highlighted the importance of this rally. Obi, a well-known and respected figure, will be rallying alongside Achonu and other party supporters to convince the people of Imo State to cast their votes in favor of the Labour Party and its promising candidate.
Athan Achonu, often fondly referred to as “Agu Otu Aka” or the “One-Arm General,” has been making waves in the state with his relentless grassroots campaigns and rallies across all 27 local government areas. His passionate and devoted following is a testament to his credibility and the belief in his ability to transform the state’s fortunes, in stark contrast to his competitors.
One of Achonu’s key selling points is his proven track record as a serial investor with substantial investments, particularly in the agricultural sector, which provides employment opportunities to hundreds of individuals. His plans for the establishment of industrial parks in all three zones of the state hold the promise of rejuvenating the state’s economy. Additionally, his commitment to local government autonomy and the pledge to conduct free and fair local government elections within six months of taking office have further endeared him to the people.
A major point of focus for Achonu is addressing the pressing issue of insecurity in the state. His proposed solutions to this multifaceted problem have gained widespread approval, especially in a state where insecurity has compelled the sitting governor to govern from outside its borders. Governor Uzodinma’s inability to effectively address the state’s challenges has created a demand for fresh leadership, and Achonu is seen as the answer.
The endorsement of Athan Achonu by Peter Obi underscores the credibility of the Labour Party candidate and the authenticity of his “Take Back Imo” message. Obi, a recognized symbol of the servant-leadership that Nigerians aspire to, has set a compelling example for leadership during his tenure as governor in Anambra. Athan Achonu is now following in his footsteps, aiming to replicate in Imo what Obi achieved in Anambra.
The forthcoming appearance and endorsement of Peter Obi further demonstrate that Athan Achonu is a serious contender in the upcoming election. Despite legal challenges and opposition propaganda, Achonu’s determination and momentum are unstoppable. It is an urgent call for the people of Imo State to turn out in large numbers on November 11 and vote for the Labour Party, as their state’s future hangs in the balance. This vote is seen as the key to rescuing Imo from a perilous path that could persist if the current APC-led government under Sen. Hope Uzodinma remains in power.