BY COBHAM NSA, ABUJA – Speculations of possible switch in party affiliation by former Minister of Aviation, Chief Osita Chidoka were confirmed on Monday as the Anambra-born politician officially abandoned the embattled Peoples’ Democratic Party (PDP) in pursuit of his gubernatorial ambition.
In a statement sighted by Forefront in Abuja, Chidoka said his decision to dump the crisis-ridden PDP for United Progressive Party (UPP) is informed by the need to plan ahead of time for the Anambra governorship election slated for November 18, 2017 by the Independent National Electoral Commission (INEC).
Signed by the Director-General of his campaign organisation, Mr Bright Nebedum, the statement said Chidoka will declare for the UPP in his hometown, Obosi on Wednesday, June 14, in furtherance of his political aspiration to serve the good people of Anambra state.
According to Nebedum, “The former minister would unveil his plans and vision towards redirecting the fortunes of Anambra and restoring its lost political and economic glory”.
“Chidoka already commands overwhelming support from various segments of Anambra citizenry on which we will leverage to run a robust, all-inclusive and broad-based governorship election campaign”, the campaign chief further added.
On what the Campaign organization described as the ex-Minister’s track record in public service, the statement said that Chidoka stood out with his reputation as a forthright administrator and astute manager of men and resources.
It noted that the former PDP chieftain had never failed in any national assignment he has so far handled, recalling that before being appointed as Minister in 2014, Chidoka demonstrated his mettle and dexterity as the Corps Marshal and Chief Executive of the Federal Road Safety Commission (FRSC), a period many believe stands out among the best in the history of the organization.