One of the governorship candidates on the platform of the Peoples Democratic Party (PDP) in Anambra State, Mr. Valentine Ozigbo, has debunked an allegation that a godfather picked his running mate for him.
Addressing reporters yesterday in Awka, Ozigbo said Lady Azuka Enemo was selected by him among the list of names sent to him by the party, based on merit.
He said no godfather or group of people imposed the former commissioner for Local Government Affairs on him as being insinuated.
Ozigbo said his choice of Enemo was informed by the premium he placed on women and youths.
He added that he needed a person from the Anglican Communion, who also had electoral value.
Ozigbo said: “I decided to run with Mrs. Enemo because of her integrity and large support base. Nobody imposed her on me.
“The fact that I ran primaries for two years in the state should have given me an idea of who my running mate would be. Although I didn’t decide on that even after the primaries.”
“I am not one of the people who go to politicians to make empty promises. In fact, I was in a plane coincidentally with Mr. Peter Obi and I told him how I would engage the leadership of Anglican Communion to get my running mate.
“I turned down the first list of the people they sent to me not because the individuals sent to me are not good, but because there are certain criteria I insisted must be met.
“I had to be thorough about the choice of running mate because she must be someone I have confidence in.”
Ozigbo is contesting the PDP ticket in court, based on the parallel primary election the party held in Awka where Senator Ugochukwu emerged.
He said he had no godfather and did not believe in such.
Ozigbo said: “I’m an independent minded person. I don’t believe in godftherism, not even Peter Obi, Tony Elumelu or any other individual.”
He said although the leadership of the party could make suggestions to him about issues, such suggestions must be evaluated on their merit.