The lawmaker representing Nnewi North constituency at the Anambra State House of Assembly, Nonso Okafor, has declared his intention to run for the state’s forthcoming gubernatorial election under the All Progressives Grand Alliance (APGA).
Okafor disclosed this on Saturday at the Anaedo Hall in Nnewi.
He will be up against Charles Soludo, a former governor of the Central Bank of Nigeria (CBN), who has indicated interest in seeking the ruling party’s ticket for the November election.
Soludo has made consistent effort to lead Anambra but has not been successful.
Speaking on Saturday, Okafor commended the party leadership for “piloting the affairs of APGA and state in the right direction”.
The lawmaker also appreciated the efforts of Governor Willie Obiano “to reposition the state” with several initiatives including ongoing work at the Anambra International Airport.
Okafor, however, said it was about time for Ndi Anambra to experience a new leadership at Agu Awka with a breath of youthfulness and agility.
He said: “I have organised the works I want to do in Anambra State sector by sector in my manifesto tagged VISA Economy, an acronym which stands for Viable, Independent, Secured and Advanced Economy. It is an extensively researched innovative solutions, anchored on the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs).”
APGA has been in charge of Anambra since 2010. Peter Obi, a former governor of the state, completed his two terms under APGA but later defected to the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP), where he emerged running mate to former Vice-President Atiku Abubakar in the 2019 presidential election.
Obiano will complete his two terms next year.