dr. Godwin Maduka, one of the PDP’s candidates in the upcoming Anambra governorship poll, has been revealed as the Accord Party (AP) candidate in the state’s Nov. 6 elections.
Maduka received 5 votes in the June 26 PDP governorship primaries held in Awka. But Accord’s chairman in the state, Chief Bartholomew Igwedibia, revealed at a ceremony on Thursday in Awka that Maduka would now fly the Accord flag in the election.
Alex Nwankwo, a media practitioner and publicist, initially emerged as governor of Accord, but had now been replaced by Maduka.
Maduka said he decided to join Accord because of his vision to develop the state.
He said he left PDP because the party failed to hold proper primaries to choose their candidate.
“PDP never really had an election, it was a selection that took place in the primaries and I wasn’t selected. I have nothing against the PDP and moved on.
“But the people of Anambra are still longing for my candidacy, so I started looking for a party that values discipline and integrity. I found Accord. It’s a party I can work with.
Accord is the only vibrant political party in the state, given that the party has more support in Anambra,” he said.
Maduka said he was in politics to promote the state in developing people and infrastructure.
“I’ve lived in the US for over 40 years and I want to mimic some of the development projects I’ve done there in Anambra. I’ll start by addressing social benefits like hunger.
“Secondly, I give priority to safety, road construction, employment, health care, education and sports development.
“More importantly, I have the vision to make Anambra the hub for medical tourism, with my western experience as a doctor.
“If I become governor, our government will be gender inclusive and our women will have the opportunity to participate fully in governance,” he said.
Maduka expressed his optimism about Accord’s victory in the poll.
“I still have friends in PDP and APGA and I am very confident that they will vote for me on November 6,” he said.
Earlier, the Accord chairman described Maduka’s joining the party as a welcome development and said he was more qualified for the position of governor.
Assured that the party would do everything in its power to ensure Maduka emerged victorious, Igwedibia appealed for cooperation between its officials and members of Maduka’s campaign organization.